Chien-Juh Gu received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University.
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. 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. One of her publications appeared as the lead article in Gender,
Place and Culture, one of the top journals in Gender Studies. She was invited to present
her research as the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Illinois Council on
Dr. Gu has received numerous grants and awards. She is the first winner of the Gender
Scholar Award at Western Michigan University. She also has received the Junior Scholar
Award from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the Faculty Research and Creative
Activities Award from WMU, among other honors. Dr. Gu was recently selected by the
National Women’s Studies Association to participate in The Women of Color Leadership
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Interviews, The Routledge International handbook of Migration Studies (2013)