- Ph.D. University of Michigan
- Civil society and social movements
- Health and illness experiences
- Sociology of culture
- Comparative-historical sociology
Current Research Projects
- “Immigrant Patients and Culturally Competent Healthcare”: Drawing on in-depth interviews with policy makers, primary care physicians, and Mexican and Vietnamese immigrants in California, I examine how policy makers and healthcare professionals develop notions of “culturally competent healthcare.” The study further analyzes how the state’s and professions’ categories of cultural competence are operationalized and transformed by front-line healthcare professionals. In addition, I trace how immigrant patients make sense of clinical encounters and develop their own coping mechanisms. At a theoretical level, the project addresses two broad issues. It offers an understanding of the everyday “medical consciousness” of ordinary people. The project also contributes to understandings of “immigrant habitus.” (Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the ASA/NSF Advancement of the Discipline Grant.)
- “Cultures of Civil Society”: This study focuses on how political cultures develop in two marginalized, newly democratized societies in East Asia: Hong Kong and Taiwan. Based on a dataset of 376 political cartoons that my co-authors and I collected, this project has generated several articles. Beyond reporting empirical findings about these two places, this project engages with the theoretical literature on the paths of young, non-Western civil societies.
- "Contending Visions for Post-Disaster Reconstruction": My co-authors and I are starting a new project on how disaster survivors consolidate visions for community rebuilding through interactions -- and sometimes contentions -- with NGOs and government agencies. We focus on how different types of civic engagement shape the debates and outcomes of community reconstruction. We also examine how survivors draw upon local cultural repertoires, while also create new rituals, symbols, or narratives, to make sense of their sufferings and articulate their subjectivities. We are conducting comparative ethnographic research in Taiwan and Japan, in the areas afflicted by Typhoon Morakot and the 3.11 earthquake-tsunami, respectively. (Funded by the CCK Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange and the UC Pacific Rim Research Program.)
- “Handbook of Cultural Sociology”: I recently co-edited The Handbook of Cultural Sociology (with John R. Hall and Laura Grindstaff; Routledge 2010). The Handbook contains 65 chapters that address various topics on the cultures in and of the transnational lifeworlds.
- Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Roxana Bahar. "Resisting the Colonization of the Lifeworld? Immigrant Patients' Experiences with Co-Ethnic Healthcare Workers." Social Science & Medicine 87: 68-76, 2013.
- John R. Hall, Laura Grindstaff, and Ming-Cheng M. Lo. Eds. Handbook of Cultural Sociology. London: Routledge, 2010.
- Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Yun Fan. "Hybrid Cultural Codes in Non-Western Civil Society: Images of Women in Taiwan and Hong Kong." Sociological Theory 28 (2): 167-192, 2010.
- Ming-Cheng M. Lo. "Cultural Brokerage: Creating Linkages between Voices of Lifeworld and Medicine in Cross-Cultural Clinical Settings." Health 14 (5): 484-504, 2010.
- Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Christopher P. Bettinger. The China Quarterly 197: 183-203, 2009.
- Ming-Cheng M. Lo, Clare L. Stacey. " ." Sociology of Health and Illness 30 (5): 741-755, 2008.
- Ming-Cheng M. Lo, Christopher P. Bettigner, and Yun Fan. “Deploying Weapons of the Weak in Civil Society: Political Culture in Hong Kong and Taiwan,” Social Justice 32 (2): 77-104, 2006.
- Ming-Cheng M. Lo. “Professions: Prodigal Daughter of Modernity,” pp. 381-406 in Remaking Modernity: Politics, Processes and History in Sociology, eds. Julia Adams, Elisabeth S. Clemens and Ann Shola Orloff, Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.
- Ming-Cheng M. Lo. Doctors within Borders: Profession, Ethnicity, and Modernity in Colonial Taiwan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Christopher P. Bettinger. “,” Theory and Society 30 (2): 237-279, 2001.