I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, supervised by Professor Akos Rona-Tas. I was a research intern at Microsoft Research Social Media Collective (with Dr. danah boyd) and research assistant at University of North Carolina Project China (with Professors Joseph D. Tucker and Weiming Tang). My research interests span political sociology, science and technology studies (STS), economic sociology, medical sociology, organization and mixed methods.

My research agenda focuses on the politics of classification in action. Empirically, I work on two domains. First, I investigate the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)-powered algorithmic systems that surveil and classify citizens. My dissertation, an ongoing book project, examines the contestation and multiplicity of Chinese Social Credit Systems across different stages. I also studied the enactment and public perception of the contact tracing application in China.

Second, I critically reexamine public health institutions that classify sexual minorities and diseases under diverse sociopolitical structure. My article "Red is not the only color of a rainbow," represents this inquiry. My latest work under this theme compares how experts from different societies classify COVID-19 in their narrative. My interests in public health was originated from my previous work with UNC Project-China, where I conduct HIV/AIDS research and interventions in China for two years.

My works have been published in leading journals such as Big Data & Society; International Sociology; Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of the International AIDS Society; Social Science & Medicine; Sociological Forum; and Science, Technology & Human Values with more than 800 citations. I have received multiple awards from the American Sociological Association and Association for Asian Studies. My research has been awarded and funded by the American Sociological Association, Association for Asian Studies, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, Surveillance Studies Network, Overseas Young Chinese Forum, and multiple UC San Diego internal fellowships.


December 2022Presentation at 4S 2022
October 2022New paper in the Journal of Contemporary China
Summer 2022Internship at Microsoft Research with danah boyd
August 2022Presentation at ASA 2022
August 2022Won the the Hacker-Muller Prize from the ASA’s Science, Knowledge and Technology Section
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