I am an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. My primary research and teaching interests span the domains of global health, organizational studies, authoritarian states, and transnational advocacy.
Currently I am finishing my first book, tentatively titled Side Effects: The Transnational Doing and Undoing of AIDS Politics in China. The book builds upon my dissertation, which received the 2014 American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award and the 2013 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. I also study long-term medical care and chronic diseases in China.
My new research project is set to conduct comparative cross-city research to examine the local experiences of global trends influencing the nonprofit sector. I am also working with the Stanford East Asian Library to create the first digital archive of Chinese grassroots NGOs that collects, preserves, and provides open access to the documentary outputs of NGOs, from physical to digital materials such as NGO websites, blogs, and message boards.
Before coming to Berkeley, I worked as an assistant professor of International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society after receiving my joint Ph.D. in sociology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan. I also hold both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Beijing University in China. My previous research examined the intersection of globalization, organization, labor, gender, and sexualities. I was born and raised in southern China, where I developed my love for spicy food and aimless wandering.