Born in Gu’an county, Hebei Province in August 1970, CHU Jianfang graduated from Peking University and got his Ph.D in anthropology in August 2003. He has been working in Nanjing University since 2003, and is now associate professor of Anthropology. His interest in teaching and research involves Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of Consumption, Anthropology of Things, Anthropology of Food and Drinks, Anthropology of Education, Ethnicity and Identity, Gender, Aging, Anthropology of Ritual and Symbolism, Linguistic Anthropology, Cognitive Anthropology, Medical Anthropology and Anthropology of Performing Arts.
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Nanjing University Xianlin Campus
163 Xianlin Dadao
P. R. China
Ph.D. Peking University 2003
Field: Socio-cultural Anthropology
Dissertation: Between People and Gods: The Ritual Life and Hierarchical Order of a Dai Village in Mangshi, Yunnan
M. A. Hebei Teachers University, 1997
Field: General Psychology
Thesis: Effects of Rotation RT Task on Hear rate, T-Wave Amplitude and Respiration Frequency of Introverts and Extroverts
B. A. Hebei Teachers University, 1994
Thesis: Mencius’ Psychological Thoughts on Personality
Chinese: (native) fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing
English : fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing
Hanm Dai (the language of the Dai people in Dehong, Southwest China): fluency in speaking and listening
Field Work Experience
9 Counties in South Guangxi on the China-Vietnam Border, Aug. 2009, on the kinship system and livelihood of the border villagers.
Chunhua, Nanjing, Sep. 2008, on market and education systems in a suburb town of urban Nanjing.
Dehong Dai and Jingpo Nationalities Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan, Southwest China, and Nam Khan, Northern Burma, Jan. 2008-Feb.2008, on ritual, beliefs and economic ethics;
Yan’an of Shaanxi Province, Northwest China, Apr.2007-May 2008, on “the red memory” of the Chinese Communist Party;
Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, east China, June, 2005, on changes of market systems and traditional values in northern Jiangsu.
Luhe, Nanjing, 2003,11, on educational systems and their changes in rural Jiangsu.
Dehong Dai and Jingpo Nationalities Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan, Southwest China, and Nam Khan, Northern Burma, Jan. 2008-Feb.2008, on Theravada Buddhist belief and economic lives of the Yunnan-Burma border peoples;
Dehong Dai and Jingpo Nationalities Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan, Southwest China, and Nam Khan, Northern Burma, Mar. 2002-Nov.2002, on ritual Life，economic ethics and hierarchical order of the Dais in Dehong.
Jinxiu Yao Automous County, Guangxi Province, Aug.2001, on economic lives and religious belief of the Yao Groups in the Yao Mountain Area.
Major Research and Teaching Interests:
Economic Anthropology; Historical Anthropology; Ritual and Symbolism; Social/Cultural Anthropology; Anthropology of Things; Consumption; Anthropology of Performing Arts; Ethnicity and Identity; Anthropology of Education; Infants, Children and the Family; Aging; Anthropology of Food; Linguistic Anthropology; Cognitive Anthropology; Ethnographic Writing; Theory and Method in Socio-cultural Anthropology.
Teaching and Research Affiliations
2006-Associate Professor of Anthropology, Nanjing University
Teach graduate and undergraduate courses.
2003-06 Lecturer in Anthropology, Nanjing University
Taught undergraduate courses
1997-2000 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Hebei Teachers University
2011-2012 Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ritual and Symbolism Economic Anthropology Ethnographic Writing
Cultural Anthropology Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Economic Anthropology
Anthropology of Symbolism
Courses under Development for Future Teaching
Anthropology of Ethnicity and Identity
Anthropology of Education
Anthropology of Everyday Life
Anthropology of Performing Arts
Anthropology of Games and Arts