Janet Chen

Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies
Phone: 
609-258-9775
Email Address: 
jychen@princeton.edu
Office Location: 
206 Dickinson Hall
Office Hours: 
Monday: 9:30 am-11:30 am
Degrees: 
  • Ph.D. in History, Yale University
  • M. Phil in History, Yale University
  • M.A. in History, Yale University
  • B.A. in History and Asian Studies with highest honors, Williams College

Janet Chen is Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, specializing in twentieth-century China.  Her first book, Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953 (Princeton University Press, 2012), is a study of the destitute homeless during a time of war and revolution.  A new book project underway, titled “The Sounds of Mandarin: The Making of a National Language in China and Taiwan,” will be a study of how ordinary people learned to speak “Mandarin” at its various stages of historical formation.

Publications List: 
  • Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953