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About Chien-Juh Gu

Chien-Juh Gu specializes in gender, social psychology, medical sociology, and international migration. She is the author of Mental Health among Taiwanese Americans: Gender, Immigration, and Transnational Struggles (2006. LFB) and The Resilient Self: Gender, Immigration, and Taiwanese Americans (2017. Rutgers University Press). Gu also has published articles on social psychology, gender, culture, and racial inequality. 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. She regularly review for top journals in sociology, gender, and immigration studies.

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 recognitions.


Present Associate Professor of Sociology, Western Michigan University


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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
  • 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
  • 2016 Research Grant from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago
  • 2016 WMU-CAS Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching
  • 2017 WMU-CAS Faculty Achèvement Award in Research and Creative Activity
  • 2017 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor

Contact Information

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


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