Cher Weixia Chen

Cher Weixia Chen

Cher Weixia Chen

Associate Professor

International Studies, Legal Studies, and Social Justice and Human Rights

Dr. Cher Weixia Chen is an Associate Professor in the School of Integrative Studies and a Research Fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University. She teaches courses in the International Studies, Legal Studies, and Social Justice and Human Rights concentrations.

Dr. Chen’s scholarship focuses on the issues of human rights (particularly the rights of marginalized groups such as women’s rights and indigenous rights) and international and comparative legal studies.

Current Research

  • Project: the well-being of social justice and human rights (SJHR) activists
  • Book manuscript: Friends and/or Foes: Women Workers’ Rights in the United States and China

Selected Publications


Chen, Cher Weixia. Compliance and Compromise: The Jurisprudence of Gender Pay Equity. Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011. Reviewed by Jennifer Woodward, in Law and Politics Book Review, available at

Articles and Book Chapters

Gorski, Paul C. and Cher Weixia Chen. “Frayed All Over:” The Causes and Consequences of Activist Burnout Among Social Justice Education Activists."Educational Studies 51, no. 5 (2015): 385-405, DOI:10.1080/00131946.2015.1075989.

Chen, Cher Weixia and Paul Gorski. “Burnout in Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR) Activists: Symptoms, Causes, and Implications." Journal of Human Rights Practice 7, no. 3 (2015): 366-390. DOI:10.1093/jhuman/huv011.

Chen, Cher Weixia and Mike Gilmore. “Biocultural Rights: A New Paradigm to Protect the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." International Indigenous Policy Journal 6, no. 3 (2015):1-19. Retrieved from:

Chen, Cher Weixia. “Indigenous Rights in International Law.” The International Studies Encyclopedia. 2014.

Chen, Cher Weixia. “遵守与妥协 :男女同工同酬的法理学 (The Jurisprudence of Gender Pay Equity)”(in Chinese/Mandarin, translated by Youyiwang & Huijie Zhang). In Social Law Review, edited by Yue Jiang, 256-264. China: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2014.

Chen, Cher Weixia. “Global v. Local: The Issue of Lethal Injection in China." In Global Bioethics and Human Rights: Contemporary Issues, edited by Wanda Teays and Alison Dundes Renteln, 148-159. Rowan & Littlefield, 2014.

Chen, Cher Weixia. “A Critique of ‘Lost of Face’ Arguments in Cultural Defense Cases: A Comparative Study." In Multicultural Jurisprudence: Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defense, edited by Marie-Claire Foblets and Alison Dundes Renteln, 247-260. Hart Publishing Co, 2009.

Courses Taught

NCLC 101: Narratives of Identity
NCLC 102: Global Networks & Communities
NCLC 300: Law and Justice
NCLC 303: Introduction to International Studies
NCLC 362: Social Justice and Human Rights


Ph.D. Politics and International Relations, University of Southern California
M.A. East Asian Studies, University of Southern California
LLM (Master of Laws). National University of Singapore
LLB (Bachelor of Laws). Beijing University, China