Associate Professor Michael Mu

Education Futures,
University of South Australia

Guanglun Michael Mu is Associate Professor and Enterprise Fellow of Education Futures at the University of South Australia. As a sociologist of education, Michael is interested in building resilience in (im)migration contexts, promoting teacher professional development in inclusive education contexts, and negotiating Chineseness in diasporic contexts. He has published strongly in those areas and most of his publications are framed through a Bourdieusian lens. Michael is a solo author, lead author, or lead editor of seven books. His most recent books Sociologising Child and Youth Resilience with Bourdieu (Routledge, 2022) and Journey to Resilience: Kaya’s First Day of School (a children’s picture book) were the outcomes from his multi-year large-scale project ‘Resilience, Culture, and Class: A Sociological Study of Australian Children’ funded by the Australian Research Council (2018-2022, DE180100107). Michael has deep methodological expertise in quantitative analyses that align with relational sociology. These include but are not limited to multiple correspondence analysis, social network analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, and structural equation modelling. Michael also has rich experience in conducing mixed methods research in educational contexts.

Before Michael joined UniSA, he was a DECRA fellow funded by the Australian Research Council; an Associate Professor, a Principal Research Fellow, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology; an Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Calgary; a Lecturer and international program coordinator at Beijing Normal University; and a schoolteacher in China.

Michael co-chairs the Bourdieu in Educational Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He also leads and convenes two international academic communities for research students and junior academics – one on Bourdieu in Educational Research and the other on Quantitative Methodology in Education Research. Both communities operate through monthly online meetings. Michael is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education; an editorial board member of Journal of Beijing Normal University (in Chinese); and a member of the Rapid Review Panel of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Beyond academia, Michael is a classical pianist.