Lan Deng, an associate professor of urban and regional planning, has been named the associate director for the University of Michigan’s Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.
Deng has conducted research in both the U.S. and China. In the U.S., she is a leading scholar in the study of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, the country’s largest affordable housing production program. She has examined several key aspects of the program’s performance, including its economic efficiency, spatial outcome, and development impact.
Her work in China follows similar lines of inquiry, from a more macro perspective. Starting with a comprehensive assessment of the transformation of China’s housing policy framework, Deng went on to examine how market reforms and state interventions have shaped the country’s housing investment. She also has conducted a multi-level assessment of the performance of China’s Housing Provident Fund program, a major housing finance program providing subsidized lending to support homeownership. Her current work in China investigates changes in the structure of China’s housing development industry and what they mean for Chinese housing markets and housing affordability challenges.
Approximately 2,500 students from China study at U-M at any one time, including a sizable portion of the student body at Taubman College. Taubman College students also engage with China regularly through studio travel and research.
The first students from China began studying in Ann Arbor shortly after then U-M President James B. Angell made an official visit to the country in 1880. Chinese studies at the University of Michigan formally began in 1930; today, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center is one of the nation's most prominent centers devoted to a deeper understanding of China, past and present.
“I feel very attached to the Lieberthal-Rogel Center, which has been a national leader in Chinese studies for more than 50 years and played a pivotal role in helping reestablish the U.S.-China diplomatic relations in the 1970s,” Deng said. “We are now at a challenging time again, and I hope the center will rise up to the challenge and continue to be a forceful force in promoting a positive, mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries.”