Dr Jenny Chan

Departmental Lecturer in the Sociology of China; Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College

Jenny Chan (PhD in Sociology, 2014) joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford in September 2014. Educated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BSSc in Sociology) and the University of Hong Kong (MPhil in Sociology), she was a Reid Research Scholar while pursuing a PhD at the University of London. In 2013-2014 she received the prestigious Great Britain-China Educational Award. Currently she serves as Board Member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labor Movements, Editor of the Global Labour Journal, Contributing Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal, and Editorial Board Member of the Springer Book Series of Work, Organization, and Employment.

Dr Chan's forthcoming book, entitled Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and a New Generation of Chinese Workers (co-authored with Pun Ngai and Mark Selden), is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Italian. In 2015, she co-published a monograph with Yang and Xu Lizhi, La machine est ton seigneur et ton maître (The Machine is Your Lord and Your Master). Her recent articles have appeared in Current Sociology, Modern China, Critical Asian Studies, Asian Studies (Official Journal of the Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong), Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Globalizations, Human Relations, Global Labour Journal, The Asia-Pacific Journal, The South Atlantic Quarterly, New Labor Forum, Labor Notes, New Internationalist, New Technology, Work and Employment, and SACOM (Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior).

Currently, Dr Chan is working on a research project about the informalisation of employment, the changing labour markets, and the emergence of student labour in China. Vocational school students do “internships” irrelevant to their educational goals and fields of study, subject to extension as production requires at short-staffed factories. Far from being freely chosen, the Chinese internship program is collectively organized on a mass scale, with industrial enterprises, local governments, and schools subverting the rights of student workers for the accumulation of profit.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Sociology and Labor Studies, University of London

M.Phil. Sociology (Distinction), University of Hong Kong

B.S.Sc. Sociology (Hons), Chinese University of Hong Kong

Certificate English, The Oxford English Center, Oxford, United Kingdom

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Labour, Migration, Political Economy, Public Policy, State, Ethnography

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Ngai Pun, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. (Forthcoming in 2016). Dying for an iPhone: The Life of Chinese Migrant Workers. A Book Series Edited by Elizabeth J. Perry. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield.

  • 潘毅、陈慧玲、马克.塞尔登。(2016年,即将出版)。《苹果背后的富士康工人》。刘昕亭 译。北京︰社会科学文献出版社。

  • 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 Book. 269 pages. ISBN: 978-88-16-41246-0

  • 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

  • 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

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

  •              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.

 

Journal Articles

Jenny Chan. (In progress). “Precarious Work in China.” Rural China.

Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. (Forthcoming). “The Labour Politics of China’s Rural Migrant Workers.” Globalizations.

Ngai Pun, Yuan Shen, Yuhua Guo, Huilin Lu, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. (Forthcoming). “Apple, Foxconn and Chinese Workers’ Struggles: A Reflection on Global Labor Movement Debates.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.

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.

2015. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 36, No. 1, September 7.

2016. 陈慧玲、潘毅、马克.塞尔登.〈实习生或是工人?中国的学生工体制〉.

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.

2016. 陈慧玲、马克.塞尔登.〈中国农民工、国家与劳工政治〉.

Ngai Pun, Shen Yuan, Guo Yuhua, Lu Huilin, Jenny Chan and Mark Selden. 2014. “Worker-Intellectual Unity: Trans-Border Sociological Intervention in Foxconn.” Current Sociology 62(2): 209-22.

2014. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 11, No. 3, March 17.

Jenny Chan. 2013. “A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Worker.” New Technology, Work and Employment 28(2): 84-99.

2013. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Iss. 31, No. 1, August 12.

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.

2013. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Iss. 31, No. 2, August 12.

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.

2010. 陈慧玲、潘毅.〈自杀或是他杀?跨国资本在中国的扩张及其对工人的影响〉.

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 18(2): 43-51.

Jenny Chan. 2006. “Chinese Women Workers Organize in the Export Zone.” New Labor Forum 15(1): 19-27.

 

Book Chapters

Jenny Chan. (In progress). “Labor Market and Human Capital.” Handbook on Contemporary China, edited by Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. 

Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming). “Contemporary Chinese Labor History.” On the Road to Global Labor History, edited by Karl Heinz Roth. The Historical Materialism Book Series. 

Jenny Chan. (Forthcoming). “Chinese Workers in Global Production and Local Resistance.” The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements, edited by Andrew T. Lamas, Todd Wolfson and Peter N. 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.

Jenny Chan, Ngai Pun and Mark Selden. (Forthcoming). “Apple, Foxconn, and China’s New Working Class.” Ch. 9 in Making Blue the Next Green—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. “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 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. 2016. “The Politics of Global Production: Apple, Foxconn and China’s New Working Class.” Pp. 364-87 in Labor in Global Value Chains in Asia, edited by Dev Nathan, Meenu Tewari and Sandip Sarkar. India: Cambridge University Press.

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, 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.

李长江、陈慧玲。2012。〈富士康走出西部〉。《我在富士康》,潘毅、卢晖临、郭于华、沈原 (编著)。北京︰知识产权出版社。

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.

陈慧玲。2012。〈惠普中国供应厂中的劳工权利培训〉。《中国产业民主︰兼论德国、韩国与越南》,鲁道夫.特劳普—梅茨、岳经纶 (编著)。北京︰中国社会科学出版社。

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. 2005. “The Chinese Working Women Network.” Pp. 28-33 in Made by Women: Gender, the Global Garment Industry and the Movement for Women Workers’ Rights. International Secretariat, Clean Clothes Campaign.

廖靜玫、陳慧玲。2003。〈犯罪〉。《香港婦女檔案》。洪雪蓮、馮國堅(編著)。香港︰新婦女協進會。

陳慧玲。2000。〈城市空間‧小販‧生活〉。《沒有小販的都市》。葉蔭聰、林藹雲(編著)。香港︰街角(香港社運文化筆記)。

 

 

Editorials

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.

 

U.N. PUBLIC POLICY CONSULTING

2010 Jenny Chan, Expert Consultant, “The Expert Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Closing Governance Gaps: Application of the U.N. ‘Protect, Respect, and Remedy’ Framework,” United Nations office, Berlin, Germany.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANIZING

2015 – 2016 Conference Organizing Committee Member, “Precarious Work: Domination and Resistance in the US, China, and the World,” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA.

2013 – 2014 Roundtable Organizer, “Promoting Worker Organizing and Social and Economic Justice through Activist-Scholar Research Collaborations,” International Sociological Association’s World Congress, Yokohama, Japan.

 

STUDENT SUPERVISION

MSc students in Contemporary China Studies, University of Oxford

PhD visiting students in Contemporary China Studies, University of Oxford

 

UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

2015 – College Advisor, Kellogg College, University of Oxford

2015 – Member, Graduate Joint Consultative Committee, University of Oxford

2014 – Convener, China Center Seminar Series, University of Oxford

2010 – Advisor, Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, Hong Kong

2003 – 2007 Secretary, The Chinese Working Women Network, Hong Kong

2001 – 2003 Executive Committee Member, The Hong Kong Zigen Fund

 

 

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND GRANTS

Principal Investigator

2016

The John Fell Oxford University Press (OUP) Research Fund: “Learning for Jobs: Internship, Vocational Education, and the Law in China” [£6,507] Ref 152/015

Date of Award: 9/3/2016

Start date: 30/3/2016, five months

2015 – 2018

Junior Research Fellowship, Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Date of Award: 5/5/2015 [College research membership]

Start date: 1/10/2015, three years

2014 – 2016

Research Grants, Contemporary China Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford [£2,800]

Start date: 1/9/2014, two years

2013 

The Great Britain-China Educational Award, The Great-Britain China Educational Trust, London [£2,000]

Date of Award: 8/5/2013

2009 – 2012

Reid Research Scholarship, Faculty of History and Social Sciences, University of London [£49,920]

Start date: 21/9/2009, three years

2009 – 2012

Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London [£19,500]

Start date: 21/9/2009, three years

Contact Information

Email: jenny.chan [at] area.ox.ac.uk 

Phone: +44 (0)1865 613855

Address: University of Oxford, China Center, Oxford, OX2 6LU, The United Kingdom