Chien-Juh Gu

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Chien-Juh Gu
Associate Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-5243
3220 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Michigan State University
Teaching interests: 
  • Medical sociology
  • Research methods
  • Social psychology
  • Sociology of gender
Research interests: 
  • Gender and immigration
  • Gender and mental health
  • Self and social identity

Dr. Chien-Juh Gu is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University.

Gu is the author of Mental Health among Taiwanese Americans: Gender, Immigration and Transnational Struggles (2006, New York: LFB). In this book, 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. In the book, Dr. Gu provides a novel sociological theory to explore the complex dimensionality of identity, distress, and psychological wellbeing. She also offers a refined concept of agency.

Gu has published articles in the areas of social psychology, gender, culture and international migration. She was invited to present her research as the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Illinois Council on Family Relations.

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. Gu was recently selected by the National Women's Studies Association to participate in the Women of Color Leadership Project. She is former president of the North American Taiwan Studies Association.