Ceren Ergenc is an associate professor at the department of China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou. She previously held positions as assistant professor and visiting researcher at Middle East Technical University, Peking University, Renmin University and Fudan University. She holds a PhD from Boston University in political science with a particular focus on area studies. Her research interests include state-society relations in contemporary China and East Asia, urban politics, public participation, political efficacy as well as comparative methodologies in area studies and debates on global history. Her research includes both qualitative and quantitative fieldwork methodologies.