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Assistant Professor

Tel.: 2616 8347
Fax.: (852) 2467-7478

Academic & Professional Qualifications

Ph. D in History, Syracuse University, 2017

M.A. in History, Syracuse University, 2010

M.A. in Geography, Peking University, 2008

B. S. in Geography, Nanjing Normal University, 2005


Areas of Interest

Urban History; Environmental History, Historical Geography; Modern China



Assistant Director, Centre for Environmental History and Development, Lingnan University, 8/2019-




  • Selected Publications
  • Conference Presentations


[A] Book

Zhang Lei, Visualizing China through Geography: George B. Cressey and China. Beijing: Academy Press, 2014. [葛德石與中國地理學 北京:學苑出版社,2014]


[B] Edited Book

Zhang Lei, The Interviews of Scholars in Republican Beijing, Beijing: The Commercial Press, 2020. [北平學人訪問記 北京:商務印書館,2020]


[C] Selected Articles

Lei Zhang, “Urbanizing Camels: Camels in Beijing, 1900–1937,” Journal of Urban History 48, no. 4 (2022): 913–927.

Lei Zhang, “Careering and Academic Mobility: George B. Cressey’s China, 1923–1963,” Journal of Historical Geography 76, (April 2022):14–22.

Zhang Lei, “丁文江留學考,1902–1911(The Overseas Training of V. K. Ting),” 近代史研究 (Modern Chinese History Studies) 44, no.1 (2022):154–159.

Lei Zhang, “Foreign Wells: Japanese Well-Drilling in Beijing, 1900–1910,” Technology and Culture 61, no. 2 (2020): 416–436.

Lei Zhang, “Foreign Ink: Student Mobility, Overseas Training and Chinese Geography, 1912–1952,” Journal of Historical Geography 68, (April 2020): 44–54. 

Zhang Lei, “南胡北黃:民國地理學的分野 (Divisions among Geographers in China, 1936–1952),” 中央研究院近代史所集刊 (Bulletin of Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica) 106, (December 2019): 87–114.

Lei Zhang, “A City with Two Water: Drinking Water in Beijing, 1644–1900,” Water History 9, no. 4 (2017): 479–494.

Zhang Lei, “再造徐霞客:民國科學地理學 (Reconstructing Xu Xiake: The Scientific Geography in China, 1912–1949),” 地理學報 (Acta Geographica Sinca) 72, no.9 (2017): 1695–1701.


[D] Book Reviews

Lei Zhang, Book Review: China in one Village by Liang Hong, The Metropole: The Official Blog of the Urban History Association, July 2021.

Zhang Lei, Book Review: Hou Renzhi’s Overseas Manuscripts and Notes, Acta Geographica Sinica 76, no.3 (2021):765. [《侯仁之留英期间手稿笔记评介》,《地理学报》2021年第3期,第765页。]

Zhang Lei, Book Review: The Interviews of Scholars in Republican Beijing, Guangming Daily, January 21, 2021, p. 11 [《自我砥砺的一代学人》,《光明日报》, 2021年1月21日,第11版.]



Principal Investigator, Night-soil Lords: Manure Collector and Urban Waste Disposal in Beijing, 1900–1950, Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong, 1/2019–12/2021, (HKD 447, 000)

Principal Investigator, Water Carriers in Occupied Beijing, 1937–1945, Sumitomo Foundation, Japan, 4/2018–3/2019, (USD 5,500)

Research Grant, D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, U. S., 2013-2014, (USD 2,500)

Research Grant, Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation, Japan, 2012-2013, (USD 5,000)

Grant-in-Aid, Rockefeller Archive Center, NY, 2012-2013, (USD 2,000)

Research Grant, Princeton University Library, NJ, 2011-2012, (USD 1,800)



RGC Competitive Grants Award, Research & KT Excellence Awards, Lingnan University, 2019

Fellowship, Huntington Library, CA, 2016-2017

Fellowship, Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2016-2017



2020: “Urbanizing Camels: Camels in Beijing, 1900-1937”, Department of History, Minzu University of China, Beijing, (October 17)
2019: “The Returning Students of Geography in China, 1912-1952”, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, (Nov. 14)
2015: “Visualizing China through Geology: Chamberlin and His Expedition to China, 1909,” Invited by Asian Studies program and Library, Beloit College, Beloit, WI, (March 25)
2012: “Visualizing China through Geography: George B. Cressey and His China, 1923-1963,” Department of Geography Colloquium, Syracuse University, NY, (March 9)



2021: “Toilet Revolution: The Politics of Excrement in Beijing, 1928-1937”, The Sixth Biennial Conference of East Asian Environmental History (EAEH 2021), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, (September 7-10, Virtual Event)

2021: “Students Overseas of Geography in China, 1912-1950”, The Biennial Conference of Chinese Historical Geography, Fudan University, Shanghai (July 17-18)

2021: “National Port, Local Town: The Railroad of Longhai in Haizhou, 1909-1937”, Symposium: New Perspectives on the Railway and Urban History, Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong (April 27)

2019: “Urbanizing Camel: Peking Camels, 1800-1937”, The Fifth Biennial Conference of East Asian Environmental History (EAEH 2019), Tainan, Taiwan, (October 24-27)

2018: “Drinking Water in Beijing, 1644-1900”, The Biennial Conference of Chinese Historical Geography, Renmin University, Beijing (August 11-12)

2015: “Foreign Wells: Japanese well drilling in Beijing, 1900-1910”, International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, Central Michigan University, MI, (March 27)

2012: “Rediscovering another space in Beijing: Water distribution territories, 1900-1950”, Placing East Asia: A Graduate Student Conference on Urbanism and the Production of Space, Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, CA, (March 2)     

2011: “Water Carriers in Beijing, 1900-1938”, Brown Bag Talk, Firestone Library, Princeton University, NJ, (May 20)

2010: “Dynasty and Cult: The God of the Grand Canal in China, 1368-1911”, The Fourteenth Annual New Frontiers Graduate History Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, (Febru