Shaolu Yu

Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
(901) 843-3340

Shaolu Yu  joins the Urban Studies Program as the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Yu is an urban geographer. She holds B.S. in Resources, Environment, Urban Planning and Management (Qufu, China), M.S. in Urban Geography (Beijing, China), and Ph.D. in Human Geography (University of Connecticut, U.S.A). Trained as an urban geographer in an interdisciplinary background and participating in projects in urban studies in China, U.S., and Canada, she has developed a comparative and global perspective and a mixed method approach in her research on cities. Her dissertation titled “Transnationalism, Mobility and Identity: the Making of Place in Flushing, Queens, New York City" examines the paradox of transnational mobilities at the cross-national scale and immobilities at the local scale of the Chinese immigrants in urban environment. The project also investigates how the paradox is embedded within individual Chinese immigrants’ everyday routine of life, and how it impacts their identities and sense of place. Her current research interests include:  Space and Place, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Segregation, Transportation Geography and Mobility, and Asian Urbanism. She is also interested in applying cartography and GIS in visualizing and analyzing spatial data. Her teaching interests include Globalization and Cities, GIS applications in Urban and Community studies, Transportation Geography, Asian Geography, and Geographies of Race and Ethnicity.  

Selected Publications

Shaolu Y., (2016). “I am like a deaf, dumb and blind person”: Mobility and immobility of Chinese (im)migrants in Flushing, Queens, New York City. Journal of Transport Geography, 54, 10-21.