Global China (Subject Leader)
Contemporary Chinese Society and Popular Culture
Supervision of Research Degree Student
Research for Policy and Administration
Introduction to Sociology
Jenny Chan (Ph.D. 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and China Studies in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is also a Member of the Sub-committee on “Community, Organization and Globalisation” Subjects (a Sub-committee of the Academic Planning and Regulations Committee), and a Management Committee Member of the China Research and Development Network.
After obtaining her BSSc (Bachelor of Social Sciences) in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong through the Early Admission Scheme, and her MPhil (Master of Philosophy) in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong, in 2009, Jenny was awarded the Reid Research Scholarship while pursuing her doctorate at the University of London.
Upon graduation Jenny was appointed as a Lecturer of Sociology and taught on the MSc (Master of Science) in Contemporary China Studies at the University of Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. In 2015, she won a three-year Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford’s Kellogg College. Recently she has received grants from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (Early Career Scheme 2018-2020), the John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund, the Great Britain-China Educational Trust, and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, among others.
Jenny is an elected board member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labor Movements (2014-2018), an editor of the Global Labour Journal (2015-2018), and a contributing editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal (2015-present).
Dying for an iPhone is Jenny’s co-authored book, written with Ngai Pun and Mark Selden (forthcoming, Rowman & Littlefield). In 2015, she also contributed to La machine est ton seigneur et ton maître [The Machine is Your Lord and Your Master]. Her academic articles have been published in Current Sociology, Modern China, Rural China, Critical Asian Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Asian Studies (official journal of the Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong), Human Relations, Globalizations, The South Atlantic Quarterly, Global Labour Journal, The Asia-Pacific Journal, New Labor Forum, New Technology, Work and Employment (NTWE), and other journals and edited volumes. Her major publications, written in Chinese and English, have been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, German, Polish, and other languages.
In wider public engagement, Jenny has contributed to Labor Notes, New Internationalist, Truthout, The Conversation, openDemocracy, chinadialogue, Global Dialogue (newsletter for the International Sociological Association), China’s World (Huawen Institute), Red Pepper, ICON, China Policy Institute: Analysis (University of Nottingham), ZNet (A community of people committed to social change), Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Good Electronics, the Clean Clothes Campaign, the Association for the Advancement of Feminism (Hong Kong), the Hong Kong Zigen Fund, the Chinese Working Women Network, and the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM).
Jenny’s recent media interviews have appeared in The South China Morning Post, China Daily, The Financial Times, The Nation, The Guardian, Bloomberg, GlobalPost, Il Manifesto, Le Devoir, Le Monde diplomatique, Wiener Zeitung, Science.ORF.at, ZDNet (France), ZDNet (Australia), China Digital Times, China.org.cn, The China Press (New York), The Young Reporter (Hong Kong), Sociology.about.com, and others.
陳慧玲（Jenny Chan）生於香港，在香港中文大學社會學系、香港大學社會學系先後完成本科及哲學碩士課程，並於2009年考取了里德研究獎學金(Reid Research Scholarship)赴英留學，2014年獲頒哲學博士學位(社會學及勞工政治方向)。
畢業後，Jenny在牛津大學擔任講師(2014-2016)，拓展當代中國研究(碩士)課程，兼任牛津大學凱洛格學院(Kellogg College)研究員。2016年，她成功取得約翰．費爾牛津大學出版社研究基金(John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund)，撰寫了《蘋果背後的生與死︰生產線上的富士康工人》(與潘毅、塞爾登 合著)，論文也見於《中国乡村研究》、《社论前沿》、《中国产业民主︰兼论德国、韩国与越南》、《中外对话》、《全球對話︰國際社會學學會通訊》、《香港婦女檔案》、《沒有小販的都市》、《我在富士康》、《破土》、《僑報》、《立場新聞》、《博談網》等。
2016年暑期，Jenny從英國回港，以便更深入地在內地和香港從事研究。她獲聘為香港理工大學應用社會科學系助理教授，並出任中國研究及發展網絡管理委員會委員。從2017年開始，她參與“社區、組織及全球化”(Community, Organization and Globalisation)課程委員會的學術評審及發展工作，並推動香港理工大學“國際暑期學校”(International Summer School)，培育青年。
Writing in English and Chinese; Translated in Italian, Spanish, French, German, Polish, and other languages.
(Forthcoming). Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn and the Lives of Chinese Migrant Workers. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (Co-authored with Mark Selden and Ngai Pun).
Yang, Jenny Chan and Xu Lizhi. (Forthcoming). La máquina es su Señor y Señor vuestro [The Machine is Your Lord and Your Master]. Translated in Spanish. Virus Publishing House.
潘毅、陳慧玲、馬克．塞爾登。2015。《蘋果背後的生與死──生產線上的富士康工人》。劉昕亭 譯。香港︰中華書局。xv, 238頁。ISBN: 978-988-8310-74-6。
Pun, Ngai, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2015. Morire per un iPhone [Dying for an iPhone]. Translated in Italian by Ferruccio Gambino and Giorgio Grappi. Edited by Ferruccio Gambino and Devi Sacchetto. Milan: Jaca Books. 269 pages. ISBN: 978-88-16-41246-0.
Yang, Jenny Chan and Xu Lizhi. 2015. La machine est ton seigneur et ton maître [The Machine is Your Lord and Your Master]. Translated in French by Celia Izoard. Cent mille signes. Éditions Agone. x, 110 pages. ISBN: 978-2-7489-0238-9.
Pun, Ngai, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2014. Morir por un iPhone [Dying for an iPhone]. Translated in Spanish by Florencia Olivera. Edited by Andrés Ruggeri. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Continente S.R.L. 220 pages. ISBN: 978-950-754-501-6.
Critical Sociology, “Precarious Work: The United States, India and China.” Co-edited with Manjusha Nair and Chris Rhomberg. (In progress).
Jenny Chan. 2017. “Intern Labor in China.” Rural China: An International Journal of History and Social Science 14: 82-100.
Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2017. “The Labour Politics of China’s Rural Migrant Workers.” Globalizations 14(2): 259-71.
Ngai Pun, Yuan Shen, Yuhua Guo, Huilin Lu, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2016. “Apple, Foxconn, and Chinese Workers’ Struggles from a Global Labor Perspective.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 17(2): 166-85.
Jenny Chan, Ngai Pun and Mark Selden. 2015. “Interns or Workers? China’s Student Labor Regime.” Asian Studies (Official Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong) 1(1): 69-98.
*Nominated for the Russo & Linkon Award, the Working-Class Studies Association.
Chris Smith and Jenny Chan. 2015. “Working for Two Bosses: Student Interns as Constrained Labour in China.” Human Relations 68(2): 305-26.
Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2014. “China’s Rural Migrant Workers, the State, and Labor Politics.” Critical Asian Studies 46(4): 599-620.
Ngai Pun, Yuan Shen, Yuhua Guo, Huilin Lu, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2014. “Worker-Intellectual Unity: Trans-Border Sociological Intervention in Foxconn.” Current Sociology 62(2): 209-22.
Jenny Chan. 2013. “A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Worker.” New Technology, Work and Employment 28(2): 84-99.
Jenny Chan, Ngai Pun and Mark Selden. 2013. “The Politics of Global Production: Apple, Foxconn and China’s New Working Class.” New Technology, Work and Employment 28(2): 100-15.
Ngai Pun and Jenny Chan. 2013. “The Spatial Politics of Labor in China: Life, Labor, and a New Generation of Migrant Workers.” The South Atlantic Quarterly 112(1): 179-90.
Ngai Pun and Jenny Chan. 2012. “Global Capital, the State, and Chinese Workers: The Foxconn Experience.” Modern China 38(4): 383-410.
Jenny Chan and Ngai Pun. 2010. “Suicide as Protest for the New Generation of Chinese Migrant Workers.” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 18, Iss. 37, No. 2.
Ngai Pun, Chris King-Chi Chan, and Jenny Chan. 2010. “The Role of the State, Labor Policy and Migrant Workers’ Struggles in Globalized China.” Global Labor Journal 1(1): 132-51.
Jenny Chan. 2009. “Meaningful Progress or Illusory Reform? Analyzing China’s Labor Contract Law.” New Labor Forum: A Journal of Ideas, Analysis and Debates 18(2): 43-51.
Jenny Chan. (In progress). “Will China Maintain Growth and Labor Stability?” Ch. 8 in Handbook on Contemporary China, edited by Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. (In progress). “Transformations of China’s Industrial Working Class: Contesting Inequality and Precarization.” Handbook of Dissent and Protest in China, edited by Teresa Wright. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming). “Researching Unfree Chinese Youth in Apple’s Supply Chain.” Researching Forced Labour in the Global Economy: Methodological Challenges and Advances, edited by Genevieve LaBaron. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming). “The Collective Resistance of China’s Industrial Workers.” Labour Reconfiguration and Workers’ Organisation: Global Perspective, edited by Maurizio Atzeni and Immanuel Ness. Springer series on “Work, Organization, and Employment.”
Ngai Pun, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. (Forthcoming). “Suicide or Murder? Apple, Foxconn and China’s Workers.” Edited by Margaret Abraham. The series of SAGE Studies in International Sociology, International Sociological Association.
Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming). “Assessing Working-Class Power in Postsocialist China.” Pp. 164-83 in On the Road to Global Labor History: A Festschrift for Marcel van der Linden, edited by Karl Heinz Roth. Leiden, the Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV.
Jenny Chan, Mark Selden and Ngai Pun. (Forthcoming). “‘Growth, Thy Name is Suffering’: The Workers of the Workshop of the World.” Pp. 16-21 in World Factory, edited by Zoë Svendsen. London: Nick Hern Books.
Jenny Chan. 2017. “Chinese Workers in Global Production and Local Resistance.” Pp. 98-117 in The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements, edited by Andrew T. Lamas, Todd Wolfson, and Peter N. Funke. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2017. “The Labour Politics of China’s Rural Migrant Workers.” Pp. 81-93 in Chinese Labour in the Global Economy: Capitalist Exploitation and Strategies of Resistance, edited by Andreas Bieler and Chun-Yi Lee. Rethinking Globalizations Series. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Jenny Chan, Ngai Pun and Mark Selden. 2016. “The Politics of Global Production: Apple, Foxconn and China’s New Working Class.” Pp. 353-76 in Labour in Global Value Chains in Asia, edited by Dev Nathan, Meenu Tewari and Sandip Sarkar. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
Jenny Chan, Ngai Pun and Mark Selden. 2016. “Labor Protests and Trade Union Reforms in China.” Pp. 207-24 in Flexible Workforces and Low Profit Margins: Electronics Assembly between Europe and China, edited by Jan Drahokoupil, Rutvica Andrijasevic and Devi Sacchetto. Brussels, Belgium: ETUI (European Trade Union Institute).
Jenny Chan, Ngai Pun and Mark Selden. 2016. “Chinese Labor Protest and Trade Unions.” Pp. 290-302 in The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media, edited by Richard Maxwell. New York: Routledge.
Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2016. “China’s Rural Migrant Workers and Labour Politics.” Pp. 362-82 in Handbook on Class and Social Stratification in China, edited by Yingjie Guo. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Jenny Chan, Ngai Pun and Mark Selden. 2015. “Apple’s iPad City: Subcontracting Exploitation to China.” Pp. 76-97 in Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production, edited by Kees van der Pijl. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Jenny Chan. 2012. “Labor Rights Training at HP Supplier Factories in China.” Pp. 314-27 in Industrial Democracy in China: With Additional Studies on Germany, South-Korea and Vietnam, edited by Rudolf Traub-Merz and Kinglun Ngok. Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.
Chris King-Chi Chan, Ngai Pun and Jenny Chan. 2010. “The Role of the State, Labor Policy and Migrant Workers’ Struggles in Globalized China.” Pp. 45-83 in Globalization and Labor in China and India: Impacts and Responses, edited by Paul Bowles and John Harriss. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Jenny Chan. 2017. The China Quarterly (June). Jack Linchuan Qiu, Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016, vii-ix 230 pp, ISBN 978-0-252-08212-2.
Editorials to the Global Labour Journal:
2017. “Editors’ Introduction.” Global Labour Journal (May) 8(2) (with Rina Agarwala, Alexander Gallas and Ben Scully).
2016. “Editors’ Introduction.” Global Labour Journal (January) 7(1) (with Rina Agarwala, Alexander Gallas and Ben Scully).
2015. “Editors’ Introduction.” Global Labour Journal (January) 6(1) (with Rina Agarwala, Alexander Gallas and Ben Scully).
2017–present Member of the Sub-committee on “Community, Organization and Globalisation” Subjects (a Sub-committee of the Academic Planning and Regulations Committee), Committee on General University Requirements, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2017–present Management Committee Member, China Research and Development Network, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2015-2016 College Invigilator, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
2015-2016 College Advisor, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
2015-2016 Tutor for Visiting Students, Hertford College, University of Oxford
2014-2016 Assessor for the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
2014-2016 Convener, China Center Seminar Series, University of Oxford
2014-2016 Member, Graduate Joint Consultative Committee, University of Oxford
2017–present Polytechnic University Staff Association, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2017–present “Responsible Global Value Chains,” University of Montpellier, France (invited a Member)
2016–present Association for Asian Studies
2016–present Work, Employment and Equalities Institute, The University of Manchester, UK (invited an Academic Advisory Board Member)
2014-2018 International Sociological Association (elected a Board Member of the Research Committee on Labor Movements)
Reviewer for Capital & Class, China Journal of Social Work, Critical Sociology, Ethnography, Global Labour Journal, Globalizations, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Modern China, Sociologia del lavoro (Sociology of Labour), The Asia-Pacific Journal, The China Journal, Workers of the World (International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts)
Book Manuscript Reviewer for the “Work, Organization, and Employment” series of Springer Books
Media Coverage at the PolyU:
Interviewed on The Financial Times on “China’s Migrant Workers Feel Pinch as Beijing Pulls Back on Wages,” 3 September 2017 (by Tom Hancock).
Featured on Psychology Today on “Dumb, Dumber, and Foxconn: Wisconsin Taxpayers Bamboozled Once Again by Clueless Politicians,” 5 August 2017 (by Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller).
Interviewed on The Nation on “Your Phone May Have Been Built by an Intern,” 31 May 2017 (by Michelle Chen).
Interviewed on Wiener Zeitung on “Moderne Form von Sklaverei,” 8 February 2017 (by Michael Ortner).
Interviewed on Science.ORF.at on “Der Preis eines iPhones,” 13 January 2017 (by Lena Hallwirth).
Featured on South China Morning Post’s Young Post on “The Apple Factory That’s Making Workers Do Up to 140 Hours of Overtime,” 5 December 2016 (by Ben Pang).
Interviewed on The Young Reporter magazine on “Mumtrepreneurs in Hong Kong: Looking after Children and Pursuing Dreams are No Longer Incompatible,” November 2016 (by Richelia Yeung).
Featured on China Digital Times on “Trails May Spell End of Era for Chinese Labor Activism,” 24 October 2016 (by Samuel Wade).
Interviewed on The Guardian on “Your New iPhone’s Features Include Oppression, Inequality—and Vast Profit,” 19 September 2016 (by Aditya Chakrabortty).
Grants, Awards, and Fellowships:
2018-2020 Early Career Scheme, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, “Internships, Informal Labor and Vocational Skills Training in China”
2017-2020 Start-Up Fund, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, “The Transformation of China’s Working Class”
2016-2019 United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, “Gender and Social Work in China”
2016 John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund, “Learning for Jobs: Internship, Vocational Education, and the Law in China”
2015-2018 Junior Research Fellowship, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
2014-2016 Contemporary China Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford
2013 Chinese Student Awards, The Great Britain-China Educational Trust, Great Britain China Centre, London
2009-2012 Reid Research Scholarship, Faculty of History and Social Sciences, University of London