Introduction to Sociology
Qualitative Research Methods
The Study of Contemporary China
Dissertation Research Seminar
Jenny Chan (PhD, 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 an elected board member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labor Movements, an editor of the Global Labour Journal, and a contributing editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal. Between 2014 and 2016, she taught on the MSc (Master of Science) in Contemporary China Studies at the University of Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, and held a Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford’s Kellogg College. Her major publications, written in Chinese and English, have been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, German, Polish, and other languages.
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, Jenny was appointed a Reid Research Scholar while pursuing her doctorate at the University of London. She has received grants from 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.
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.
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), 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, The Guardian, Bloomberg, GlobalPost, Il Manifesto, Le Devoir, Le Monde diplomatique, Sociology.about.com, China.org.cn, The China Press (New York), The Young Reporter (Hong Kong), and others.
Writing in English and Chinese; Translated in Italian, Spanish, French, German, Polish, and other languages.
A special issue on “Precarious Work,” Critical Sociology. (In progress).
Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming). “Intern Labor in China.” Rural China: An International Journal of History and Social Science.
Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2016. “The Labour Politics of China’s Rural Migrant Workers.” Globalizations: 1-13. OnlineFirst.
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.
Ngai Pun, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. (Forthcoming). Dying for an iPhone: The Lives of Chinese Migrant Workers. A Book Series Edited by Elizabeth J. Perry. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
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
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.
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
Ngai Pun, 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
Ngai Pun, 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
Jenny Chan. (In progress). “Labor Market and Informal Employment.” Handbook on Contemporary China, edited by Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Jenny Chan. (In progress). “Knowledge Co-Creation: The Ethics of Involving, Observing, and Protecting Workers.” Researching Forced Labour in the Global Economy: Methodological Challenges and Advances, edited by Genevieve LaBaron. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming). “Contemporary Chinese Labor History.” On the Road to Global Labor History: A Festschrift for Marcel van der Linden, edited by Karl Heinz Roth. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.
Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming). “Chinese Workers in Global Production and Local Resistance.” The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements, edited by Andrew Lamas, Todd Wolfson, and Peter Funke. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Ngai Pun, Shen Yuan, Guo Yuhua, Lu Huilin, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. (Forthcoming). “Worker-Intellectual Unity.” Precarious Engagements, edited by Michael Burawoy. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Tony Dundon and Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming in 2017). “Fire Fighting HRM in China’s New Global Economy.” Contemporary Human Resource Management: Texts and Cases, edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Tom Redman, and Tony Dundon. 5th Ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.
Jenny Chan, Ngai Pun and Mark Selden. 2016. “Apple, Foxconn, and China’s New Working Class.” Ch. 9 in Achieving Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy, edited by Richard P. Appelbaum and Nelson Lichtenstein. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
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.
Editorials to the Global Labour Journal:
Rina Agarwala, Jenny Chan, Alexander Gallas and Ben Scully. 2016. “Editors’ Introduction.” Global Labour Journal (January) 7(1): 1-2.
Rina Agarwala, Jenny Chan, Alexander Gallas and Ben Scully. 2015. “Editors’ Introduction.” Global Labour Journal (January) 6(1): 1-3.
Editorial and Professional Service:
2016-present International Academic Advisory Board Member, Work, Employment and Equalities Institute, University of Manchester
2015-present International Steering Committee Member, “Collective Wage Determination in China’s Foreign Invested Enterprises,” The Leverhulme Trust
2015-present Editor, Global Labour Journal
2015-present Contributing Editor, The Asia-Pacific Journal
2014-present Board Member, International Sociological Association
Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44)
2016-present Researcher, China Research and Development Network, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2016-present Member, Student/Staff Consultative Group Meeting, 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 Convener, China Center Seminar Series, University of Oxford
2014-2016 Member, Graduate Joint Consultative Committee, University of Oxford
Grants, Awards, and Fellowships:
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