Wenling Chen

Visiting Scholar at Emory Sociology


  • PhD in Sociology, Peking University, 2008
  • MA in Sociology, Jilin University, 2004
  • BA in Sociology, Jilin University, 2001


I am a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. I received my PhD in Sociology from Peking University. My areas of research and teaching expertise are in collective memory, urban and rural sociology, marriage and family sociology, community research, and qualitative research methods. My research has been published by Peking University Press, in which village collective memory, village consensus and community order are put together in a common logical chain to be analyzed. As an invisible sovereignty, collective-memory-based village consensus, with historical constant constraints to people’s behavior, strengthens all types of norms inside the village for maintaining the community order. As a persistent traditional power for maintaining community order, village consensus has been a spontaneous order, with farmer-driven and opinion-based and collective-memory-based constant-mechanism.