Amir Hampel

Amir Hampel

Amir Hampel (韩泊明) received his PhD from the University of Chicago's Department of Comparative Human Development in 2017. Amir currently serves as co-editor of the American Society for Psychological Anthropology's Newsletter and the SPA column in Anthropology News. Amir's research has focused on young professionals in China who are studying public speaking and social skills. This work analyzes how Chinese young adults use self-help psychology as they adapt to rapid social change, and the role of a globalizing self-help in local cultural politics. He is now beginning a project about therapeutic massage for children in China. This project will investigate the historical, technological, and ethical dimensions of parent’s anxieties about their children; it will also ask how various experts produce knowledge about children’s bodies, and about the connection between their physical, social, and psychological development. Amir has taught about colonialism, cultural conflict, individualization, personal identity, and psychological anthropology. 


Moral Technologies: Expertise and the Self in China

  • Amir Hampel, Erin Thomason
  • May 24, 2019 10:00 ~ 19:00
  • SUSTech

Migration in World Cities: Aspirations, Desire and Agency

  • Wai-wan Vivien Chan and Amir Hampel
  • June 29, 2018 10:00 ~ 18:00
  • Administrative Building, Room 401