Julia Chuang


Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College.  I have a wide range of research interests.  One component of my research agenda treats migration as a conduit for flows of capital and labor.  Parting with mainstream migration scholarship, I treat migration not as an outcome to be explained but as a mechanism that actively shapes global dynamics of capital accumulation.  My book, Beneath the China Boom, explores these themes as they relate to China's rapid economic development.  My new research project explores these themes as they relate to the global export of Chinese private wealth during the recent contraction of the Chinese economy and concomitant scarcity of venues for profitable capital investment.  I also have research projects relating to land politics as a basis for collective action in rural China.


​My work utilizes ethnographic and computational methods.  My past research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Foundation.


I am currently a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.