Based on long-term ethnographic research, my writing and teaching focus on the conceptual dimensions and implications of migration. My work builds upon the fields of critical migration studies, labor studies, and urban studies. Major research foci include the role of migrants in processes of urban, regional, and industry restructuring and the emergence of new labor regimes.
My writing and teaching also revolve around linguistics with a focus on the formation of compound words in Chinese. Research also focuses on language and power as reflected in the interactions between new words and social practices.
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