Lei Ping is an Assistant Professor of China Studies at The New School and Faculty Advisor at India China Institute. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from New York University. Her research focuses on contemporary Chinese cities and cultural politics, urban land policies in socialist and post-socialist economic development, as well as middle class and consumption of space in China and India. She has written on topics such as the everyday life and socialist remolding of the Shanghai national bourgeoisie in the Mao era, as well as book reviews on contemporary Asian cities and Chinese art. She is particularly interested in the question of the formation, discourse of struggle, and the socio-political role of the middle classes in Chinese and Indian creative economies, and the shifting tensions and relations between the middle classes and the state apparatus in the post-Mao and post-liberalization eras in China and India. Her recent fieldwork engages research topics such as spatial consumption, life-styles, and pastime of the middle classes in the emerging creative economies in Shanghai and New Delhi. Her forthcoming book is titled as Figures of Capital in Post-1949 Shanghai.