Lena Scheen

Lena Scheen
Assistant Professor of Global China Studies, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU
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Lena Scheen is an Assistant Professor of Global China Studies at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she taught at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. She holds a PhD from Leiden University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the International Institute for Asian Studies. Scheen is a member of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA).

Scheen’s research explores the social and cultural impact of China’s fast urbanization, focusing on Shanghai. Her publications include Shanghai Literary Imaginings: A City in Transformation (Amsterdam University Press, 2015) and the edited volume Spectacle and the City: Chinese Urbanities in Popular Culture and Art (AUP, 2013). ​

Learn more about Scheen in Lena Scheen: Understanding China Through Its Fiction.


  • PhD, Chinese Literature
    Leiden University
  • MA, Chinese Studies
    Leiden University


Research Interests

  • Urbanization in China
  • Shanghai History and Culture
  • Chinese Literature
  • Contemporary Urban Cinema and Art
  • Urban Renewal

Courses Taught

  • From Qing to the Republic: Social Debates in China
  • Global China Studies Independent Study
  • Global Connections
  • Global Connections: Shanghai
  • Global Orientations: Introduction to Contemporary China
  • Growing Shanghai: Shrinking Detroit
  • Shanghai Stories
  • Social and Cultural Debates in 20th Century China