Zai Liang received Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and conducted post-doctoral research at Brown University. He is currently Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany and Distinguished Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University. He is the former chair of Asia and Asian American section of the American Sociological Association. He is a recipient of the 2018 SUNY Chancellor's Excellence Award in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Since 2004, he has been serving as Director or Co-Director of Urban China Research Network based at Albany. His main research interests are migration/immigration, urbanization, and urban sociology. He pursues these interests in the contexts of China, the United States, and more recently Africa. His research has been supported by more than 12 foundations, including the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and China Social Science Foundation among others. He is currently leading major research projects on (1) migration and children’s well-being and (2) international migration and integration in China.