BuYun Chen is a historian of China with broad interests in the history of women's work, labor, and craft technology. She is currently working on a history of fashion in Tang dynasty China that brings together multiple disciplinary perspectives, drawing from economic history, art history, and literary studies. With this project, she seeks to establish new terms for understanding the productive lives of women in premodern China.
In teaching, as in research, she emphasizes cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history. Professor Chen teaches a variety of courses at Swarthmore, including surveys of Chinese history, history of women's work in premodern China, fashion in modern East Asia, and a First-Year Seminar on the history of the Silk Road.
Professor Chen received her PhD in Chinese History from Columbia University.