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 dissertation project examines the contestation and multiplicity of Chinese Social Credit Systems across different stages. My latest publication examines public opinions of social credit systems among Chinese urban residents. I also studied the enactment and public perception of contact tracing apps in China.

My previous two study themes are public health studies and social studies of public health. I conducted HIV/AIDS research and interventions in China before I came to UC San Diego. My latter works focus on critically reexamining the sociopolitical structure and power dynamic behind the public health system. 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 leading journals such as Big Data & Society; International Sociology; Journal of the International AIDS Society; Social Science & Medicine; Sociological Forum; and Science, Technology & Human Values with more than 700 citations. My research has been awarded and supported by  ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Association for Asian Studies, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, Overseas Young Chinese Forum, and multiple UC San Diego internal fellowships.

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.

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