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)



-Dr. Guo Chen receives GenCen Inspiration Award-Professional Achievement Award (Read Department news / GenCen news) 2023/4

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

-Call for papers to Special Issue on Global Social Environmental Justice (link and flyer) 2023

-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

Waste Geographies

Mixed, Quantitative, Qualitative, & Creative Research Methods

China & Globalization

Global South, Asia-Pacific, & Emerging Countries

Justice and DEI in Geography

Asian and Asian American Geographies

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

Students and Scholars Received the Following Awards:

AAG–China Geography Specialty Group Paper Award; AAG Dissertation Research Grant; E. James Potchen Award for Undergrad of the Year in Geography; MSU Asian Studies Center Dr. Delia Koo Global Student Scholarship; MSU Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award; MSU ESPP Symposium Student Organizer Scholarship; MSU Pre-Dissertation Travel Award; MSU S. C. Lee Paper Awards; MSU Thesis Research Enhancement Grant; MSU UURAF First-Place Award; NSF-Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award; The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, China Scholarship Council Scholarship; Tsinghua Scholarship for Overseas Graduate Studies, etc.

Funded Visiting Scholars (5 women and 5 from underdeveloped regions)

Tuo Li, Ph.D., Environmental Journalism & Communication, Tsinghua University, 2021–2022

Hongsheng Chen, Ph.D., Urban Planning, Southeast University, 2016–2017

Hui Liang, Associate Professor, Urban Management, Zhongnan University of Economics & Law, 2016–2017

Limei Zhang, Guizhou University, 2015–16

Shengyun Wang, Professor, Economic and Social Development Research Center of Central China, 2015–16

Xueying Hou, Associate Professor, Urban Environment, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, 2014–15

Min Zhang, Professor, Urban Planning, Nanjing University, 2014–15

Xiangjun Ou, Professor, Urban and Environmental Sciences, Jiangsu Normal University, 2012–13

Xiangming Cao, Associate Professor, Architecture, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2010–11

Xiaolong Luo, Professor, Urban Planning, Nanjing University, 2009

Student Mentoring (as mentor, committee member, and informal mentor) & Student Collaborators (not a complete list)

Jacob White (Committee, Community Sustainability, in progress)

Myat Win (Committee, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Ph.D. in progress)

Qianlin Chen (Advisor, Geography, in progress)

Steven Wu-Chaves  (Committee, Economics, Ph.D. in progress)

Zoe Lai (Former committee, Sociology, Ph.D. in progress)

Jiang Chang (Committee, Geography, Ph.D.)

Peiling Zhou (Committee, Geography, Ph.D., 2017; Associate Professor, China)

Jia Feng (Advisor, Geography, Ph.D., 2016; Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno)

Minting Ye (Committee, Geography, Ph.D., 2014; Data Analyst, CA, USA)

Yingying Shi (Committee, Economics, Ph.D., 2013; Assistant Professor, U of Nottingham & Nankai U)

Yuying Chu (Committee, Geography, M.S., 2010)

Anthony Howell (Advisor, Geography, M.S., 2009; Associate Professor, Arizona State University)

Rupita Tahsin (Civil & Environmental Engineering); May Yang (Univ. of Michigan); Rebekah Schoen (James Madison); Yongfen Wei (SYSU); Qiang Feng (Public Policy); Jeremy McWhorter (Geography); Feng Zhang (Lanzhou U); Qi Qiao (Comartsci); Ruqi Yang (Comartsci); Puyang Li (ASU); Hao Zheng (Geography); Teng Zhang (Geography)

Honors Undergraduate Students Advising/Mentoring

Numerous Honors Undergrads participated in various courses I offered in the past years.

2021–2022, Mentored research projects by 12 Honors students/research assistants from Lyman Briggs College, James Madison College, Business, Communications, Economics, Global & International Studies, Journalism, Neuroscience, Nutritional Sciences, and Psychology.

Student Interns at Wilson Center

Hannah Corn (The George Washington University)

Tianyi Fan (Georgetown University)