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Leif Johnson

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Leif Johnson joined the department of China Studies in 2021. Trained as a geographer, his research focuses on migration and forms of legal and social bordering, with an emphasis on the roles played by gender in migration processes. His current research and writing focuses on the experiences of men who migrate into the construction industry in the Yangtze river delta, particularly in infrastructure construction.

Research interests

Urban infrastructure

Masculinity studies

Bordering processes

Rural-urban migration


CCS 405 - Chinese Society

CCS 203 - China: Social Stratification and Change

CCS 304 - China: Understanding Gender

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2021

MA, University of Kentucky, 2015

BA Macalester College, 2011

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  • Staff


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