Luigi Tomba is a political scientist who has published widely on China’s political and social change and the urban condition. His latest book is The Government Next Door. Neighbourhood Politics in Urban China (Cornell University Press, 2014). It was awarded the prestigious Association of Asian Studies Joseph Levenson Prize for the best book on Post-1900 China in 2016. He is an Associate Director of China in the World and was the co-editor of The China Journal from 2005–2015.