Teaching Interests

As a broadly-trained anthropologist of science, technology, and medicine with a focus on China, I draw on my research to engage students in some of the most important questions of our contemporary age: How are the politics of difference linked to the production of scientific knowledge? How is technology changing what it means to be human? How do social identities shape human suffering and affect health outcomes?

I address these questions in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, global health, and East Asian studies that I have designed and taught at Washington University, Yale University, and the New School for Social Research. Areas of strength include cross-cultural perspectives on illness, healing, and healthcare; critical studies of biotechnology and technoscience; processes of social change (including urbanization, modernization, and globalization); and methodology (including research design, qualitative research methods, ethnographic writing, and the use of digital media).

In May 2016, I received the "Certificate of Excellence for Most Engaging Professor" from the ArtSci Council at the Washington University College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards Ceremony.

 

Areas of Specialization

Key fields: sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, global health, and East Asian studies

Theoretical topics: cross-cultural perspectives on illness, healing, and healthcare; critical studies of biotechnology and technoscience; processes of social change (including urbanization, modernization, and globalization)

Methodological topics: research design, qualitative research methods, ethnographic writing, use of digital media in anthropological research and teaching

 

List of Courses Taught at Washington University

L48 Anth 3055: Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society | download syllabus
 
L48 Anth 3056: Material Culture in Modern China (co-taught with Dr. Zhao Ma in EALC)
 
L48 Anth 4011: Popular Culture and Consumption in Modern China  | download syllabus
 
L48 Anth 4033: Culture, Illness, and Healing in Asia | download syllabus
 
L48 Anth 4034: Family Change in East Asia  | download syllabus
 
L48 Anth 4454: Cultures of Science and Technology | download syllabus
 
 
Courses Taught at Other Universities
 
Anthropology of Technoscience (New School for Social Research, Faculty Instructor, Spring 2009)
 
Anthropology of Science and Technology (Yale University, Faculty Instructor, Fall 2008)
 
Material Life in Contemporary China (Yale University, Faculty Instructor, Fall 2008)
 
Introduction to Medical Anthropology (Yale University, Faculty Instructor, Spring 2008)
 
Topics in Chinese Anthropology (Yale University, Faculty Instructor, Spring 2008)
 
Culture, Illness, and Healing (Harvard University, Core Curriculum Teaching Fellow, Spring 2007)
 
Anthropology of Science Fiction (Harvard University, Head Teaching Fellow, Spring 2004)