E-MAIL: guochen(at)msu.edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers

2022–2023: Lilly Fellowship

Fall 2018: Sabbatical Leave

2017–2018: Wilson 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)



-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;  URRAF 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 Research Publications (Please Refer to CV for All Publications)

Selected Edited Books and Special Issues

Special Issue

The Professional Geographer, Forthcoming 2022

Focus Section: Hidden Geographies: Migration, Intersectionality, and Social Justice in a Global Contemporaneous Space

Special Issue

Environment and Planning A, 44(12), 2012

Theme Issue: Interrogating Unequal Rights to the Chinese City

(Based on  an AAG triple session series I initiated, led and co-organized)

Edited Book

Locating Right to the City in the Global South. New York: Routledge, 2012

(Based on an AAG double session series I co-organized)

Selected Journal Articles (Please refer to CV for a complete list)

Exploring Differences within the Low-income Population in Urban China: A Case Study in Kunming, Yunnan Province

with Hou, X. 2020


with Chen, H., et al. 2018

Habitat International

with Zhou, P. and Grady, S. 2017

Social Science & Medicine

with Chen, K. (equal contribution) 2015

Cities, 47, 10–22


Environment and Planning A, 44(12), 2794–2800

Gu, C., Chen, G., and Wu, F. 2010

Science Reports of Tohoku University-Geography, 57(1/2), 1-23

東北大學理科報告. 7, 地理學

Chen, G., Zhou, J., and Glasmeier, A. 2007

Urban Planning International, 22(2), 1-2 (In Chinese)

Chen, G. et al. 2006

Habitat International, 30 (1), 1-26

(Based on my thesis in Chinese on urban poverty in Nanjing)

Selected Book Chapters (Please refer to CV for a complete list)

Henancun in Beijing: A Parallel Society in the Making,  In T. Mayer & T. Tran (Eds.), Displacement, Belonging, and Migrant Agency in the Face of Power. Routledge. 2022 (with Feng, J.)

Socio-Spatial Transformation of Chinese Cities. In W. Wu & M. Frazier (Eds.), Handbook on Contemporary China. SAGE. 2018 (with Feng, J.)

Municipal solid waste and environmental equity in urban and rural China. In Z. Liang et al. (Eds.), Confronting the Challenges of Urbanization in China, (pp. 39–55). New York: Routledge. 2016 (with Wei, Y.)

The housing predicaments of China's urban poor. In E. Murphy & N. Hourani (Eds.), The Housing Question: Tensions, Continuities, and Contingencies in the Modern City (pp. 161–180). Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 2013

Locating right to the city in the Global South. In T. Samara, S. He, & G. Chen (Eds.), Locating Right to the City in the Global South (pp. 1–20). New York: Routledge. 2012

Book Reviews

Chen, G. (2021). Citizens in motion: Emigration, immigration, and re-migration across China’s borders by E. Ho. The Geographical Review

Chen, G. (2009). China’s urban space: Development under market socialism by T. G. McGee, G. C. S. Lin, A. M. Marton, M. Y. L. Wang, & J. Wu. Journal of Regional Science, 49(3), 585–587

Chen, G. (2005). How migrant labor is changing rural China by R. Murphy. Regional Studies, 39(1), 155–156

Chen, G. (2005). The Chinese diaspora: Space, place, mobility, and identity by L. J. C. Ma & C. Cartier (Eds.). Regional Studies, 38(2), 226–227