Alexander English


Dr. English has lived in China for more than 15 years. He studies how culture affects the way humans behave and cope with stressful situations. He studies how people who move to new environments encounter subtle changes that lead variations in behavior. Dr. English found that when people moved between rice (southern) and wheat (northern) agriculture regions of China they adapted their coping strategies to match the local environment. More recently, Dr English has examined social norms in a post-COVID world. His research looks at mask behaviors and interpersonal relationships.

Dr. English is an active member in International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP), Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP), International Academy of Intercultural Relations (IAIR) and Chinese Culture Psychology Assocation. He is the associate editor of International Journal of Intercultural Research (Q2-SSCI, IF 2.99)


Key Academic Publications

Lu, J** G, Jin, P., English, A. S.**, (2021) Collectivism Predicts Mask Use During COVID-19 Pandemic . Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) <Q1-Impact Factor 11.2>

Talhelm, T., English, A. S., (2020) Historically Rice-Farming Societies Have Tighter Social Norms in China and Worldwide. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) <Q1-Impact Factor 11.2>

Lee, C.Y., Talhelm T., English A.E*, Wang, S. (In Press) How rice fights pandemics: Nature-crop-human interactions shaped COVID-19 outcomes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin <Impact Factor 4.53, SSCI Q1>

English, A. S., & Zhang, R. (2020). Coping with perceived discrimination: A longitudinal study of sojourners in China. Current Psychology. (ISSN: 1046-1310)  1-16. doi:10.1007/s12144-019-00253-6 <Q1-SSCI impact factor 4.297>


Important Publications by Year


English A.S*, Torres-Marín, J., Navarro-Carrillo, G. (2022) Coping and anxiety during lockdown in Spain: The role of perceived impact and information sources. Psychology Research and Behavior Management <Impact Factor 2.95, SSCI Q2>


Zhang, Q. Yan, S., English A.S* (2022) COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in the Context of the First Delta Outbreak in China During the Early Summer of 2021: The Role of Geographical Distance and Vaccine Talk. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy <Impact Factor 3.21, SSCI Q2>


English, A., Yang, Y., Marshall, R. C., & Nam, B. H*. (2022). Social Support for International Students Who Faced Emotional Challenges Midst Wuhan’s 76-day lockdown during Early Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Intercultural Relations  <Q2-Impact Factor 2.667>


English, A. S.*, Talhelm, T.*, Tong, R., Li, X., & Su, Y. (2022). Historical Rice Farming Explains Faster Mask Use During Early Days of China’s COVID-19 Outbreak. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 100034.


Jiang, Xueting, Marta Calas, and Alexander Scott English. “Constructing the “self”? Constructing the “place”? A critical exploration of self-initiated expatriation in China.” Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate ManagementResearch (2022). E-SSCI


English, A., S., Zhang Y.B, Tong, R.T (2021). Social support and cultural distance: Sojourners’ experience in China. International Journal of Intercultural Relations  <Q2-Impact Factor 2.667>


English, A. S**, Li, X.Y. (2021) Mask Use Depends on the Individual, Situation and Location— Even Without COVID-19 Transmission: An Observational Study in Shanghai. Frontiers in Psychology DOI: /10.3389/fpsyg.2021.754102 <Q2-Impact Factor 2.990>


English, A.S**.; Zhang, X. Stanciu, A. Kulich, S.J**.  Zhao, F., Bojovic, M. (2021) Ethnic Stereotype Formation and Its Impact on Sojourner Adaptation: A Case of “Belt and Road” Chinese Migrant Workers in Montenegro. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health18, 9540. <Q2- Impact Factor 3.390>


English, A., S., Geeraert, N. (2020). Crossing the rice-wheat border:  Not all intra-cultural adaptation is equal. PLOS One <Q2-Impact Factor 3.24>


English, A.S., & Chi, R. (2020). A Longitudinal Study on International Students’ Stress, Problem Focused Coping and Cross-Cultural Adaptation in China 来华留学生跨文化压力应对和适应研究 . Journal of International Students10(S(1), 73-86.  (Print ISSN 2162-3104 & Online ISSN 2166-3750) <E-SCI impact factor 1.0>


English, A. S., Kunst, J. R., & Sam, D. L. (2019). Climatic effects on the sociocultural and psychological adaptation of migrants within China: A longitudinal test of two competing perspectives. Asian Journal of Social Psychology.10.1111/ajsp.12363<SSCI impact factor 1.219>


**Szabo, A., **English, A. S,, Zeng Z. Jose, P, Ward, C. Ma, J. H (2017). Is the utility of secondary coping a function of ethnicity or the context of reception? A longitudinal study across Western and Eastern cultures. Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology  <SSCI- impact 1.60>


Klein, R. A., Vianello, M., Hasselman,… English, A. S & Nosek, B. A. (2018). Many labs 2: Investigating variation in replicability across sample and setting.  Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science 1(4),


English, A. S., & Worlton, D. S., (2017). Coping with Uprooting Stress among Chinese Internal       Educational Migrants. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. ISSN: 1834-4909 (Open   Access online journal, <SSCI impact factor 0.909>


Ko, C., Ma, J., Kang, M., English, A. S., & Haney, M. H. (2016). How ethical leadership cultivates healthy guanxi to enhance OCB in China. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources


English, A. S., Allison, J., & Ma, J. H. (2016). Understanding Western Students: Motivations and Benefits for Studying in China. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 4(8),44-55. doi: 10.11114/jets.v4i8.1499


English, A. S., Zeng, Z. J., & Ma, J. H. (2015). The stress of studying in China: primary and     secondary coping interaction effects. SpringerPlus4(1), 1-14. 10.1186/s40064-015-1540-3


** Corresponding authorship


Cultural Psychology

Social Psychology

Cross-cultural Management and Leadership

Quantitative Methods in Psychology