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Gabriel Z. Chiu

Gabriel Z. Chiu
PhD in Sociology (2020)
MSc. (with Distinction) Sociology, Oxford University, England, 2011
MSc. Management and Strategy, London School of Economics, England, 2009


I am now a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School . My webpage is here, and my email is


As an economic sociologist, I study how economic behaviors are shaped by the social, cultural, and political environments in which they are embedded. I am particularly interested in how technology entrepreneurship is perceived and understood in international contexts. Specifically, my dissertation – using interviews, computational text analysis, and experiments—examines the re-emergence and development of entrepreneurship in China since the 1979 market reforms. I pay close attention to the previously overlooked importance of the changing meanings, perceptions, identities, and norms associated with entrepreneurship and demonstrate their impact on China's recent entrepreneurial boom. My research has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and multiple research centers at Stanford.


I am a Humane Studies Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies and dissertation fellow at the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.  Previously, I was a graduate fellow with Stanford King Center on Global Development and a pre-doctoral fellow with the Stanford Center at Peking University, which served as an institutional base for my fieldwork in Beijing.  My doctoral coursework was generously supported by the Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science & Engineering.


My interdisciplinary educational background and professional experience span three continents. I hold an M.Sc. in sociology from Oxford University, an M.Sc. in management and strategy from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor's in economics from China.  Beyond academia, I have three years' experience in management consulting in Greater China and internship experience at Instagram's headquarters in Silicon Valley.  I am multilingual in Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, and English.