Assistant Professor

Juan Chen has defined her intellectual home in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Humanities and the social sciences are the fields that stand at the center of her research; Teaching is the endeavor through which she strives to connect academic disciplines and fields with educational practice and societal transformation. Juan’s teaching and scholarly work revolve around three interconnected areas of study. The first of these could be described as the “Anthropology of ethics”, particularly delving into concepts of self-making, diverse notions of flourishing, achievement, and success. This includes examining the motivational and influential forces of values in shaping individual and collective understandings of social practice, the realization of value, and ethical accomplishments. Her second area of expertise is the study of gender, sexuality, and intimacy, while her third research focus encompasses class, educational mobility, and migration.

Juan received her PhD from the University of Cambridge where she was trained as an ethnographer and anthropologist. Prior to joining the University of Macau, she contributed as a research fellow at the Southern University of Science and Technology. She takes great pleasure in supervising PhD candidates in any of her areas of expertise.

  • Research fellow, The Center of Social Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, 2021-2023
  • Ph.D. Anthropology and Education, University of Cambridge, 2020
  • Ethics, Moralities and Values
  • Gender, Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Class, Mobility and Migration
  • Education, Self-making and Achievement
  • Care, Health and Wellbeing
  • Reproductive Studies
  • Juan Chen. (2020). The Paradox of Gender Reversal: Dance Hosts and the Pursuit of Gender Ideals in Contemporary China. The China Quarterly, 243,737-756.
  • Juan Chen. (2019). Values Reconciliation: Constructing the Exemplary Ideal Personhood through Overseas Education[J]. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs,48(1).
  • Juan Chen. (2023). Chinese Families’ Pursuit of Confucian Learning Beliefs through Overseas Education: Rethinking Learning Cultures in Cross-Cultural Research. Journal of Education, Culture and Society.
  • SUS Tech Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, China
  • Santander Award, University of Cambridge, UK

The China Quarterly (Journal)

Juan Chen (Reviewer)

August 17, 2023

Peer review of manuscripts

International Institute of Online Education (IIOE) Global Webinar (UNESCO and Southern University of Science and Technology).

Activity: Organizing a webinar event and inviting distinguished keynote speakers.