2022–2023: Lilly Fellowship
Fall 2018: Sabbatical Leave
Fall 2018: Short-Term Visiting Scholar, University of Melbourne
2017–2018: Wilson Center Fellowship Leave
Core Faculty, Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies Program
Affiliated Faculty, Asian Studies Center, International Studies & Programs
Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP)
NEWS, TALKS, & EVENTS
-Call for papers to Special Issue on Global Social Environmental Justice (link and flyer) Fall 2022
-Honors Research Seminar on Global Slums; UURAF award-winning undergrad research Fall 2021–Spring 2022
-AAG virtual panel on anti-racist praxis in Geography and AAG virtual panel on migration, race, ethnicity, & justice, both organized by Guo; Guo penned inaugural AAG-Perspectives article 2021/4/29
-Guo as faculty organizer of Anti-Asian Racism & Covid-19 webinar 2020
Urban & Economic Geography
Poverty, Inequality, & Social Justice
Slums, Housing, & Migrants
Urban & Regional Policies
Urbanization & Environment
Mixed, Quantitative, Qualitative, & Creative Research Methods
China & Globalization
Global South, Asia-Pacific, & Emerging Countries
Guo Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geography & Global Urban Studies
Michigan State University
Ph.D., Geography, Pennsylvania State University
M.S. & B.S., Nanjing University
Guo Chen is an Associate Professor of Geography and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University and holds a Ph.D. degree in Geography from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning, and a B.S. in Economic Geography & Regional Planning from Nanjing University. Dr. Chen received awards including a prestigious Wilson Center Fellowship in 2017-2018. She is a recipient of the Integrative Social Science Teaching Excellence Award at MSU in 2010 and a university Lilly Fellow at MSU for faculty leadership and teaching excellence/innovation. As an urban and economic geographer, she has authored and co-authored over fifty publications with a research focus on inequality, urban poverty, housing rights, migrants, urbanization and land use, urban governance, and social and environmental justice in China, Asia-Pacific, Global South, and emerging countries. Her articles (including forthcoming ones) appear in PLoS ONE, Scientific Reports, The Professional Geographer, Environment and Planning A, Urban Geography, Urban Studies, Cities, Area, Habitat International, Acta Geographica Sinica, and close to fifteen other journals. She co-edited Locating Right to the City in the Global South (Routledge 2013) and “Interrogating unequal rights to the Chinese city” (Environment and Planning A Special Issue 2012 based on her initiated AAG sessions). She is the editor of a Focus Section titled “Hidden Geographies” for The Professional Geographer (issue 1 of 2023) comprising six original articles from a highly diverse group of transnational scholars. Her research has been funded by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Mellon Foundation-funded Urban China Research Network, and MSU (IRGP–New Faculty Grant, CASID, HARP, DFI, Honors College, and Asian Studies–Dr. Delia Koo Awards). She is currently working on book and documentary projects on hidden slums, an edited issue on social and environmental justice, and an edited book on DEI in Geography. Guo writes in both English and Chinese languages and authored likely the first geography graduate thesis (when she was a master’s student) documenting urban poverty in post-reform China.
Dr. Chen served as secretary, vice-chair, and chair of the China Geography Specialty Group (CGSG) of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), 2012-2015, and received an AAG-CGSG Outstanding Service Award in 2020. She served as elected faculty representative on the MSU Asian Studies Advisory Council, 2019–2021. She currently serves/has served on the editorial boards of The Professional Geographer and Journal of Urban Affairs and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for close to 50 academic journals. Her academic leadership also includes over a hundred organized sessions, invited talks, and conference presentations. Her public scholarship includes TV interviews, written op-eds, and invited panels/webinars. She penned the inaugural piece for the new Perspectives section of the AAG News in 2021.
Guo has promoted a creative pedagogy with a critical engagement of visuals, documentaries, and simulations in nearly all of her over ten different undergraduate and graduate courses taught/designed in more than a decade on a wide range of topics (economic geography, urban geography, global economy, poverty and inequality, global slums and migration, global diversity and interdependence, people and environment, theories and methods in geography, the geography of Asia-Pacific, and China and globalization), including a popular exit/capstone course for MSU Asian Studies Minor students and a recent Honors Research Seminar on global slums. She has mentored many graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, and interns.
Guo is actively involved in leadership roles related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at MSU. She has served as an elected faculty advisor of the Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) group at MSU, a network of over 30 women graduate students and alums, during which time she initiated the highly visible SWIG Speaker event, organized webinars, and expanded the diversity of the group in collaboration with graduate student leaders. She was a founding member of the Diversity Committee (2020–21) and chair of the first standing DEI committee (2021–22) in Geography at MSU, responsible for drafting and leading in creating the first ever department DEI website, making award nominations, organizing several task forces, and compiling resources shared with community, all voluntary work equivalent to that of a DEI coordinator. In addition, she is an appointed faculty member and elected Chairperson of the President’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (PACDI) at MSU 2021-24, while also working on its RVSM, Bylaws, and new website subcommittees.
China’s Waste Import Ban: A Wake-up Call, But for Who? China US Focus
The Increasing Visibility of Inequality in Urban China, China US Focus
Selected Research Publications
Dharavi in Beijing ? A Hidden Geography of Waste and Migrant Exclusion, The Professional Geographer, 2022 DOI:10.1080/00330124.2022.2112965
Henancun in Beijing: A Parallel Society in the Making, In Displacement, Belonging, and Migrant Agency in the Face of Power, edited by Mayer and Tran, Routledge, 2022 (with Feng, J.)
Low-income Population in Urban China: A Case Study in Kunming, Yunnan, Area, 2020 (with Hou, X.)
The Landscape of Gentrification: Exploring the Diversity of “Upgrading” Processes in Hong Kong, 1986–2006, Urban Geography, 2015 (with Ye, M.)
Socio-Spatial Differentiation and Residential Segregation in the Chinese City Based on the 2000 Community-Level Census Data, Cities, 2014 (with Wu, Q. et al.)
Locating Right to the City in the Global South. Routledge, 2013.
Structural Evaluation of Institutional Bias in China’s Urban Housing: The Case of Guangzhou, Environment and Planning A, 2012.
Special Issue: Interrogating Unequal Rights to the Chinese City, Environment and Planning A, 2012
Privatization, Marketization, and Deprivation: Interpreting the Homeownership Paradox in Postreform Urban China, Environment and Planning A, 2011
Urban Poverty in the Transitional Economy, Habitat International, 2006