I am a Ph.D. student in sociology and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. fellow at the Institute for Practical Ethics of UC San Diego. My research interests span science and technology studies, political sociology, economic sociology, cultural sociology, medical sociology, and law and society. I am particularly interested in the classification and quantification of people. My previous project examined global health's construction of the "men who have sex with men" classification. Currently, my research focuses on the Chinese social credit system's design and implementation.
I am a mixed-methods researcher, with rich experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods. Before my study at UC San Diego, I worked as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Project-China for two years, conducting global health research and interventions among the Chinese gay community for HIV/AIDS issues. I have also worked with Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and Institute of Sexuality and Gender Studies of the Renmin University of China in the past. With my co-authors, I have published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Journal of the International AIDS Society, PLOS Medicine, Journal of Medical Internet Research, AIDS & Behaviors, Culture, Health & Sexuality, and Global Public Health with more than 300 citations.
As a person who was born in North China but lived in Guangzhou for six years, I developed a deep love for Cantonese food but only a limited skill of Cantonese.