E-MAIL: guochen(at)msu.edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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)



-New Focus (Special Issue) on Hidden Geographies published in The Professional Geographer 2023! Introduction essay and check out all six articles in the issue

-Call for papers to Special Issue on Global Social Environmental Justice (link and flyer) Fall 2022

-Enacting Inclusive Futures: APA Studies Symposium 2022/3/18

-Guo Featured in AAG Women in Geography Webinar: Thriving and Advancing in a Male Dominated Field 2022/3/15

-SWIG Event: Neurodiversity and Space (with resources) 2022/3/4

-SWIG Roundtable & Talk: Afghanistan: Security, Gender, and Development 2021/10/28-29

-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 received the CGSG Outstanding Service Award in 2020; AAG newsletter 2020

-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

Selected Grants and Awards

Lilly Fellow, MSU, 2022–23

Asian Studies Dr. Delia Koo Global Faculty Endowment Awards, MSU, 2020, 2021

Honors College Undergraduate Research Seminar Grant, MSU, 2021

American Association of Geographers-CGSG Outstanding Service Award, 2020

The Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship Award, Washington DC, 2017-18

MSU Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)-Production Award, 2017-18 (PI)

MSU Discretionary Funding Initiative Award, 2015 (PI)

The National Geographic Society Research and Exploration Grant, “The 'Hidden' Geography of Slums: A Geographic and Visual Exploration,” 2014 (PI)

The National Science Foundation (NSF)–DDRI Grant, “China’s Emerging Slums During Urban Expansion,” 2012 (PI)

Teaching Excellence Award, Integrative Studies in Social Science, MSU, 2010

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Grant, “Spatial Planning and Region-Building Research based on Competitive Regionalism: The Case of Yangtze River Delta,” 2011-13 (Co-PI)

CASID International Development Grant Program (IDGP), “Urban Expansion and Inequality in China,” MSU, 2010 (PI)

IRGP-New Faculty Grant, “Urban Expansion and Inequalities: Cases of Emerging City-regions in Coastal China,” MSU, 2008-11 (PI)

UCRN Small Grant Award (Competition), “A Case Study of Urban Low-Income Households and Migrant Households in Nanjing City, China,” Mellon Foundation-funded Urban China Research Network, 2004 (PI)

University Graduate Fellowship Award, PSU

E. Willard Miller Award (First Place in Ph.D. Paper Competition), PSU

Anne C. Wilson College Graduate Research Award, & many other graduate awards, PSU

Top-of-Class Honor, Laurence J.C. Ma Scholarship in Urban Geography & many other awards, NJU