Department of Sociology

Ruijie Peng

PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Sociology

Ruijie Peng



Labor; Migration; Gender; Race and Ethnicity; Political Economy; Qualitative Methods; Theory; China; Latin America


Ruijie Peng’s areas of research include labor, citizenship, migration, gender, race and ethnicity, and qualitative methods. Her ongoing research focuses on the intersection between universalizing economic development and commercialization/aestheticization of ethnic cultural elements. Her work tries to examine the experiences of Qiang women who engage in different kinds of labor practices under China’s “Socialist New Countryside” development plans in Sichuan Province.

For her master's thesis, Ruijie has conducted fieldwork in Ecuador where she examines the social organization of labor in a Chinese-sponsored hydroelectric construction project where Chinese and Ecuadorian workers work together. In her forthcoming article, One Transnational Project, Two Labor Regimes: The Workers’ Experience with Labor Process and Racialization on a Chinese Hydroelectric Project in Ecuador, she argues that racial stereotypes both produce and are produced by the unequal labor conditions and job hierarchies in the Chinese transnational hydroelectric project. 

Ruijie received her B.A. in English Language and Literature in Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

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