I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. My research interests span science and technology studies (STS), political sociology, economic sociology, organizations, global health, and mixed methods. I am particularly interested in the classification and quantification of people.
My research experiences could be classified into three themes. My current research focuses on the politics of algorithms. My latest publication examines how contact tracing and risk assessment algorithms enact in society during the Covid-19 pandemic in China.
My previous two study themes are public health studies and social studies of public health. Before my education at UC San Diego, I worked as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Project-China, conducting HIV/AIDS research and interventions. In my first two years at UC San Diego, I adopted sociological/STS theories to critically reexamine the sociopolitical structure and power dynamic behind the public health system in China. My ASA-awarded paper "Red is not the only color of a rainbow," represents this sociological/STS investigation. These research experiences fit into my broader intellectual interests in knowledge, power, and classification.
My works have been published in journals such as Big Data & Society; Culture, Health, & Sexuality; Journal of the International AIDS Society; Social Science & Medicine; Science, Technology & Human Values; and Surveillance & Society with more than 500 citations. My research has been supported by fellowships such as ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants Program, Association for Asian Studies, and Overseas Young Chinese Forum.
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.