I am a Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social and Political Science. I completed a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh in 2020. My PhD project focuses on rural-urban migrants in a small city in Southwest China who work as ethnic performers and who are mostly from ethnic minority backgrounds. It explores the intertwining inequalities of ethnicity, rural-urban divide, and gender in contemporary China by looking at people's emotions, sense of self, and relationships with significant others. The associated monograph entitled Intimacy as a Lens on Work and Migration--Experiences of Ethnic Performers in Southwest China is forthcoming with Bristol University Press.
Before joining Edinburgh, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology at Bielefeld University in Germany, working for the ERC-funded project WelfareStruggles which comparatively explores the logic of welfare provisions for migrant workers in global factories in China and Vietnam. I remain a research associate of the project until October 2024. I was a visiting fellow for the Joint Project 'Worldmaking from a Global Perspective--a Dialogue with China', through which I visited the Sinology Department at Würzburg University in October 2021.
- PhD in Sociology - University of Edinburgh (2020)
- MA in Sociology - Warwick University (2014)
- BA in Sociology and BA in Journalism -- Xiamen University (2013)
Mao, J. (Forthcoming 2024) Intimacy as a Lens on Work and Migration—Experiences of Ethnic Performers in Southwest China, Bristol University Press.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Mao, J. (2023) Doing Ethnicity—Multi-layered Ethnic Scripts in Contemporary China, The China Quarterly, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741023000681.
Mao, J. (2023) Bringing emotional reflexivity and emotional regime to understanding ‘the hukou puzzle’ in contemporary China. Emotions and Society, available from: https://doi.org/10.1332/263169021X16731871958851 (published online ahead of print 2023).
Mao, J. & Yan, Z. (2023) ‘Friends are those who can help you out’: unpacking the understandings and experiences of friendships among young migrant workers in China. Families, Relationships and Societies. XX(XX): 1–17, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/204674321X16770752617895 (published online ahead of print 2023).
Lin, J. & Mao, J. (2023) More equitable fiscal systems are needed to improve welfare provision for migrant workers in China and Vietnam. Melbourne Asia Review. Edition 14. https://doi.org/10.37839/MAR2652-550X14.13 (Equal authorship)
Lin, Q. & Mao, J. (2022) A New Job after Retirement?: Negotiating Grandparenting and Intergenerational Relationships in Urban China, China Perspectives, 2022/1: 47-56. https://doi.org/10.4000/chinaperspectives.13520 (Equal authorship)
Mao, J. (2021) Bordering work and personal life—Using ‘the multiplication of labour’ to understand ethnic performers’ work in Southwest China, China Perspectives, 2021/1: 9-17. https://doi.org/10.4000/chinaperspectives.11283
Mao, J. (2022) Dystopian Emotions: Emotional landscapes and dark futures (Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2022), Edited by Jordan McKenzie and Roger Patulny, Emotions and Society, https://doi.org/10.1332/263169021X16508730025166
Mao, J. (2018). Masculine Compromise: Migration, Family, and Gender in China (California: University of California Press), Written by Susanne Yuk-Ping Choi and Yinni Peng, Sociological Research Online, 23(3), 705–706. https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780418784608
Mao, J. (2016). Development Interventions, Gender and Social Change in Rural China—A Case Study of Three Villages in Shaanxi (Moldova: Lambert Academic Publishing), Written by Lichao Yang, Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review, vol.11. http://www.wagnet.ox.ac.uk/wagrev/journals/issue11.html
Lin, J. & Mao, J. (2022) Policy Brief: Changing Household Registration Systems and Worker Welfare in China and Vietnam (Equal Authorship), Bielefeld University: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/fakultaeten/soziologie/forschung/projekte/…
Lin, J. & Mao, J. (2022) Policy Brief: Changing Labour Laws and Worker Welfare in Vietnam and China (Equal Authorship), Bielefeld University: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/fakultaeten/soziologie/forschung/projekte/…
Lin, J. & Mao, J. (2022) Policy Brief: Taxation and Welfare Provision in China and Vietnam (Equal Authorship), Bielefeld University: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/fakultaeten/soziologie/forschung/projekte/…