Fan Xuan Chen

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Program Area: Social/Personality


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Fan Xuan Chen graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he studied how accents and ethnic identities influence status conferral, and the effects of speaker social status and language use on persuasion. In his current work, he aims to examine the interplay between social status, unethical decision-making (e.g., corruption and bribery), and competitive behavior. He also looks at how social status affects communication outcome. Lastly, he is also interested in how leader's quality affects group dynamics. He approaches these topics using perspectives and methodologies drawn from cultural psychology, behavioral economics, sociobiology, and social cognition. During his free time, he sings and plays musical instruments.


  • Group Performance
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Status (Dominance & Prestige)
  • Social Cognition
  • Leadership and Followership
  • Culture and Communication


  • 2013-2017 B.A (Psychology), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2017 - current PhD student in Social Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
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Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.