Shaolu Yu

Dr. Shaolu Yu is an urban geographer. She holds a B.S. in Resources, Environment, Urban Planning and Management (Qufu, China), an M.S. in Urban Geography (Beijing, China), and a 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, the U.S., and Canada, she has developed a comparative and global perspective and a mixed method approach in her research on cities. Her doctoral 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 environments. Her papers have been published in the journals Annals of Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Geographical Review, and the Journal of Transport Geography.

Her current research interests include: Urban Space and Place-making, Transportation Geography and Mobility, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Segregation, 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 Urbanization, Research Methods in Urban Studies, and Intercultural Knowledge Competence.

Her ongoing research projects include "Triangulated Between White and Black: Chinese in the Mid-South" and "Urban Queer Space in the South." She also continues her research interest in Asian Urbanization, particularly the social, cultural, and spatial changes in Asian cities under the impacts of globalization and neoliberalism.

Selected Publications

2021: Shaolu Yu: “Placing Racial Triangulation, Triangulating Place and Race: The Chinese Grocery Stores in the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow Era” Annals of American Association of Geographers, 112:1, 97-122. Taylor & Francis.

2019: Shaolu Yu. “Becoming In/Out of Place: Doing Research in Chinatown as a Chinese Female Geographer in the Era of Transnationalism.” The Professional Geographer. Published online: August 9, 2019.

2018: Shaolu Yu, Madalyn Bryant, Emily Messmer, Sophie Tsagronis & Sarah Link (2018) “Is there a Bubble to Burst?”-College Students’ Spatial Perception of Campus and the City, a Case Study of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, Urban Geography, Springer, 39:10, 1555-1575. 

2018: Shaolu Yu. “We Are All Children of God”: The Intersectionality of Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Immigration in Chinse Churches in Memphis, Tennessee, Papers in Applied Geography, Taylor and Francis. Published: Feb 22, 2018.

2017: Shaolu Yu. “Mobilocality”, Urban Geography, Springer. Published: Sep 13, 2017.

2017: Shaolu Yu. “That is real America!” Imaginative Geography among the Chinese Immigrants in Flushing, New York City, Geographical Review, Wiley. Published: Mar 20, 2017.

2017: Lucia Lo, Shaolu Yu, and Wei Li, “Between China and North America: Highly Skilled Chinese Migration” in Lloyd Wong ed. Chinese Mobilities and Canada, University of British Columbia Press, 2017. 138-166.

2016: Shaolu Yu. “'I am like a deaf, a dumb and a crippled': the (Im)mobilities of Recent Chinese Immigrants in Flushing, Queens, New York City." Journal of Transport Geography, 54 (2016): 10-21

2016: Shaolu Yu, and Wei Li, “Mobility, Time and Home: The Experience of Two Generations of Transnational Chinese Geographers” in Navigating Geography and Self: Transnational Geographers Disrupting Boundaries in a Global Age, Marcus.P. Alan ed. Lexington. 51-68.