- Ph.D., Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, 2013
Region(S) of Interest
- Regions of emerging economies
- Global health governance
- Community health inequalities
- Transnational institutions
- Authoritarian state building
- Nonprofit sector and social movements
- Gender and sexualities
I am a political and organizational sociologist with research interests in the evolution of transnational institutions and their impact on existing forms of domination and resistance. My first line of research examines how transnational AIDS institutions shape domestic politics of public health. My book project, Side Effects: The Transnational Doing and Undoing of AIDS Politics in China, departs from most scholarly models that cast external interventions as “cures” for all that ails struggling local communities in repressive environments. Instead, it highlights the unintended consequences of external interventions that resulted in strengthened state apparatus, and expanded mobilization for urban gay males but demobilization for other communities such as female sex workers and infected peasants.
My second line of research focuses on how macro-level changes in medical care policies affect the concepts of disease, illness, and sickness in organizing certain interventions/treatment behaviors of individuals.
I am also developing a new digital humanities project, Archiving Chinese Grassroots NGOs. By exploring innovative research methods to track longitudinal data from 1995-2020, my research will compare organizational landscapes and networks of NGO sectors as health, gender, and environmental ones in China.
- "The Contradictory Impact of Transnational AIDS Institutions on State Repression in China, 1989-2013.” American Journal of Sociology, September 2018 (Forthcoming).
- Side Effects: The Transnational Doing and Undoing of AIDS Politics in China, Oxford University Press (Forthcoming).
- ’How Would We Deserve Better?’ Rural-Urban Dichotomy in Health-Seeking for the Chronically Ill Elderly in China.” (With Lydia Li.) Qualitative Health Research,July, 2015.
- “Quality of Life as Perceived by Older Persons with Chronic Illness in Rural and Urban Shandong, China.” (With Lydia Li and Elizabeth Essex.) Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 29 (4), 2014.
- Elderly Chinese and Their Family Caregivers’ Perceptions of Good Care: A Qualitative Study in Shandong, China.” (With Lydia Li, Elizabeth Essex, Yujie Sui, and Lingzui Gao.) Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55 (7), 2012.