Nicole Newendorp

Nicole Newendorp

Associate Director of Studies for Juniors and Seniors
Lecturer on Social Studies
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Dr. Newendorp should be contacted if you are a junior or senior with questions about thesis topics, supervisors, thesis writer workshops or general questions about Social Studies. She is also the contact for sophomores interested in study abroad programs.

Dr. 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 in Social Studies since 2004.

2022-23 Courses
Social Studies 98nq: Global East Asia (Fall)
Social Studies 99a. Tutorial — Senior Year (Fall) 
Social Studies 98mi: Migration in Theory and Practice (Spring)
Social Studies 99b: Tutorial — Senior Year (Spring) 

Contact Information

William James Hall 380
p: 617-496-5819