3220 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
Ph.D., Sociology, Michigan State University
Social psychology, research methods, sociology of gender, medical sociology
Gender and mental health, gender and immigration, self and social idenitity, social inequality
Bio Dr. Gu is the author of Mental Health among Taiwanese Americans: Gender, Immigration, and Transnational Struggles (2006, New York: LFB). In this book, Dr. Gu examines how Taiwanese Americans' immigration history, gender, and social relations affect their psychological well-being. She argues that power relations interplay with transnational cultural identification in producing gendered experiences of distress as well as individual variations in different social contexts.
Dr. Gu has published articles in the areas of social psychology, gender, culture, and international migration. She has received numerous grants and awards, and has been invited to present her research as a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Illinois Council on Family Relations. She also has served as a reviewer for many top journals in sociology, including American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Sociology of Education, and Gender & Society.
Dr. Gu is the first winner of the Emerging Scholar Award from the Women's Caucus at Western Michigan University. She also has received the Junior Scholar Grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award from WMU. Dr. Gu was recently selected by the National Women's Studies Association to participate in the Women of Color Leadership Project.
Dr. Gu is on sabbatical during the academic year 2013-14.