Chien-Juh Gu received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University. Before
joining Western Michigan University, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the
Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
Dr. Gu’s areas of interest include social psychology, gender, social inequality, medical
sociology, and international migration. Her research focuses on minority mental health,
particularly on gender comparison and Asian Americans. She is affiliated with the Gender
and Women’s Studies Program and the Medical Humanities Workgroup at WMU.
Dr. Gu is the author of Mental Health among Taiwanese Americans: Gender, Immigration, and
Transnational Struggles (2006. In the New Americans series, edited by Steve Gold and
Rubén Rumbaut. New York: The LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 306pp.). In this book, Dr. Gu
examines how Taiwanese Americans’ immigration history, gender, and social relations
affect their psychological well-being. She argues that power relations interplay with
transnational cultural identification in producing gendered experiences of distress as
well as individual variations in different social contexts.
Dr. Gu has published articles in the areas of social psychology, gender, culture, and
international migration. She has received numerous grants and awards, and has been
invited to present her research as a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the
Illinois Council on Family Relations.
Dr. Gu is the first winner of the Emerging Scholar Award from the Women’s Caucus at
Western Michigan University. She also has received the Junior Scholar Grant from the
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award from
WMU. Dr. Gu was recently selected by the National Women’s Studies Association to
participate in The Women of Color Leadership Project.
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Interviews, The Routledge International handbook of Migration Studies (2013)