Jiansheng Guo Faculty Profile

Professor Jiansheng Guo, a developmental psychologist, specializes in child language development. He was born, raised and educated in Beijing, China and spent his late-teens living in a yurt in Inner Mongolia as a shepherd during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Dr. Guo’s research interests include child developmental pragmatics with particular interest in language and cognition, language and culture, language and emotion, and language and gender. He teaches courses on child development, cognitive development, language development, and social development. The author or coauthor of over 20 articles and book chapters, Prof. Guo’s publications include articles in Journal of Pragmatics, New Zealand Journal of Psychology, Chinese Language and Discourse, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, and Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice. He is also the co-editor of two books, one on social contexts of language, and the other on crosslinguistic approaches to the psychology of language. Prof. Guo regularly presents his research at international conferences, including International Congress for the Study of Child Language, International Pragmatics Conference, and Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics. He regularly serve as reviewers for various peer-reviewed journals in language studies and developmental psychology.

  • B.A., Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, China, 1977
  • Dip. TESL, University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1978
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Developmental Psychology), 1994

Not teaching this semester.