Nicole Newendorp

Lecturer on Social Studies


Nicole Newendorp is an anthropologist who studies migration and family life in Asia and the United States. Her new book, Chinese Senior Migrants and the Globalization of Retirement (Stanford University Press, 2020), explores how Chinese-born senior migrants make sense of their later-life relocation to the Boston area. Her detailed ethnography places particular emphasis on how seniors’ memories and subjective experiences of movement within and beyond China over past decades continue to influence their 21st century migration trajectories as well as their aspirations for well-being following retirement in both China and the U.S.

Her previous ethnography, Uneasy Reunions: Immigration, Citizenship, and Family Life in Post-1997 Hong Kong (Stanford University Press, 2008), was awarded the 2009 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize by the American Association of Anthropology’s Society for East Asian Anthropology. She has also published articles about her Hong Kong-based research in International Migration and PoLAR: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review. She is the Program Director for the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Program in Hong Kong.

Dr. Newendorp received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, an M.A. from Harvard University’s Regional Studies-East Asia Program, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Anthropology. She has been teaching and advising students at Harvard since 2004.

Research Interests: immigration and citizenship; gender; transnational family life; urban anthropology; space and social change; voluntarism; theory and practice of ethnography; methodology; China; Hong Kong; Chinese senior migrants in the US.

Selected Publications


  • Chinese Senior Migrants and the Globalization of Retirement (Stanford University Press, 2020).
  • Uneasy Reunions: Immigration, Citizenship, and Family Life in Post 1997 Hong Kong (Stanford University Press, 2008).

Recent Articles and Chapters

  • Newendorp, Nicole. “Making and Faking Kinship: Marriage and Labor Migration between China and South Korea.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies 44, no. 5 (2013): 663.
  • Newendorp, Nicole. Journal of Comparative Family Studies 44, no. 5 (2013): 663–663. 
  • Newendorp, Nicole. “Southeast Asia. China’s left-behind wives: Families of migrants from Fujian to Southeast Asia, 1930s–1950s. By Huifen Shen, with a foreword by Wang Gungwu. Singapore: NUS Press and Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Pp. 259. Map, Tables, Illustrations, Notes, Bibliography, Index.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 45, no. 1 (2014): 124-126.
  • Abelmann, Nancy, Nicole Newendorp, and Sangsook Lee-Chung. “East Asia’s astronaut and geese families: Hong Kong and South Korean cosmopolitanisms.” Critical Asian Studies 46, no. 2 (2014): 259-286.
  • Newendorp, Nicole. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 45, no. 1 (2014): 124–26. 
  • Newendorp, Nicole. “Negotiating family “value”: caregiving and conflict among Chinese-born senior migrants and their families in the US.” Ageing International 42, no. 2 (2017): 187-204.
  • Newendorp, Nicole DeJong. “Chinese senior migrants and the globalization of retirement.” In Chinese Senior Migrants and the Globalization of Retirement. Stanford University Press, 2020.
  • Wang, Veronica A., MyDzung T. Chu, Lucy Chie, Symielle A. Gaston, Chandra L. Jackson, Nicole Newendorp, Elanah Uretsky, Robin E. Dodson, Gary Adamkiewicz, and Tamarra James-Todd. “Acculturation and endocrine disrupting chemical-associated personal care product use among US-based foreign-born Chinese women of reproductive age.” Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology 31, no. 2 (2021): 224-232.