Ling Han holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Her research explores the logic behind community formation and community change in developing world through analyzing the crucial role of nongovernmental organizations and social innovations. At the intersection of service provision, urban governance, and nonprofit organizations, her dissertation examines the uneven formation and development of the social work profession in China that has come to dominate community welfare reform. She is working on her book manuscript, which investigates the embedded power dynamics and the transformative potential of service-provision NGOs in urban China. Ling’s other published works concern how transnational ties, religious orientation, and gender influence social activism. Her new project will be a comparative study of community change in China and America. Ling received a MA in China Studies and Sociology from National Tsinghua University in Taiwan and a bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.