Skip to main content

About Chien-Juh Gu

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 Family Relations.
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 Project.


Present Associate Professor of Sociology, Western Michigan University


Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Emerging Scholar Award, WMU Gender and Women's Studies
  • 2009 Junior Scholar Award, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation
  • 2008 WMU Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award
  • 2007 Erwin O. Smigel Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • 2011 WMU Support for Faculty Scholars Award
  • 2012 College of Arts and Sciences Teaching and Research Award
  • 2012 WMU Research Development Award
  • 2012 Selected by the National Women’s Studies Association to participate in The Women of Color Leadership Project 2012-14
  • 2013 WMU Professional Development Grant
  • 2014 WMU Grant for Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works
  • 2015 WMU Support for Faculty Scholars Award
  • 2015 CAS Discovery and Dissemination Award
  • 2015 Midwest Sociological Society Research Grant

Contact Information

1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5257


No Subject Area (18)