Xudong Zhang was born in Beijing and educated at Peking and Duke. He is Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of East Asian Studies at New York University, where he also directs China House. In his capacity as Visiting Chair Professor in the Humanities at Peking University, he directs the International Center for Critical Theory (ICCT), which organizes collaborative research and joint training of graduate students with NYU, University of Tokyo, and Australian National University. Among his ongoing concerns are the rethinking of critical theory in global, particularly non-Western, situations and contexts; modernism and modernity; political philosophy; and critical analysis of Chinese literature and culture. Publishing in both English and Chinese, he is the author of Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms; The Order of the Imaginary-Critique on Modern Chinese Literary Discourse (in Chinese); Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization-A Historical Critique of Western Discourses of Universalism (in Chinese); Postsocialism and Cultural Politics ; Cultural Politics and the Chinese Way (in Chinese); and, co-authored with Mo Yan, Writing in Our Times.