Ming-Cheng M. Lo

portrait of Ming-Chen Lo

Position Title

2269 Social Science and Humanities
Office Hours
For Spring 2024: 2:40-3:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan.
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan.
  • B.A., Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Taiwan University.


Ming-Cheng M. Lo is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. She is currently co-Editor of the British Sociological Association journal Cultural Sociology. Professor Lo’s research focuses on the cultural codes, narratives, and networks in East Asian civil societies. She has also written about the sense-making processes regarding disasters and cultural traumas. Applying similar cultural approaches to medical sociology, her research also addresses how individuals make sense of healing, illness, and suffering, and how medicine intersects with politics, ethnicity, colonialism, and neoliberalism. Lo is the author of Doctors within Borders: Profession, Ethnicity, and Modernity in Colonial Taiwan (University of California Press, 2002; Japanese edition published in 2014). She co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology (Routledge, 2019; 1st edition published in 2010). Lo has published actively on culture, civil society, and health and illness in sociology and interdisciplinary journals.

Research Focus

See this recent (2022) interview (part 1 and part 2) for an overview of my research on colonial medicine, memories of social injustice, democratization, and COVID.


Ming-Cheng M. Lo, Yu-Yueh Tsai, and Michael Shiyung Liu, eds. 2024. Taiwan’s COVID-19 Experience: Governance, Governmentality, and the Global Pandemic. London: Routledge, forthcoming. 

Bin Xu and Ming-Cheng M. Lo. 2022. "Towards a Cultural Sociology of Disaster: Introduction." Poetics 93A: 101682.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Yun Fan. 2022. "How Narratives of Disaster Impact survivors’ Emotionality: The case of Typhoon Morakot." Poetics 93A: 101579.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Emerald T. Nguyen. 2021. "Resisting the Racialization of Medical Deservingness: How Latinx Nurses Produce Symbolic Resources for Latinx Immigrants in Clinical Encounters." Social Science & Medicine 270: 1-9.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo. 2020. “How Taiwan’s Precautionary Approach Contained COVID-19.” Contexts 19(4): 18–21.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Hsin-Yi Hsiesh. 2020. "The 'Societalization' of Pandemic Unpreparedness: Lessons from Taiwan's COVID Response." American Journal of Cultural Sociology 8: 384-404.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Yun Fan. 2020. “Brightening the Dark Side of Linking Social Capital? Negotiating Conflicting Visions in Post-Morakot Reconstruction in Taiwan.” Theory and Society 49: 23-48.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Emerald Nguyen. 2018. "Caring and Carrying the Cost: Hispanic Nurses' Challenges and Strategies for Working with Co-Ethnic Patients." RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 4(1): 149-71.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo. 2015. "Conceptualizing Unrecognized Cultural Currency: Bourdieu and Everyday Resistance among the Dominated." Theory and Society 44 (2): 125-152.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Roxy Bahar. 2013. "Resisting the Colonization of the Lifeworld? Immigrant Patients' Experiences with Co-Ethnic Healthcare Workers." Social Science & Medicine 87: 68-76.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Clare Stacey. 2008. “Beyond Cultural Competency: Bourdieu, Patients and Clinical Encounters.” Sociology of Health and Illness 30 (5): 741-755.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Eileen M. Otis. 2003. “Guanxi Civility: Processes, Potentials, and Contingencies.” Politics and Society 31 (1): 131-162.


Professor Lo teaches courses on field methods, society and disaster, social movements, and sociology of health and illness.


2023-2024 Scholar Grant, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

2022-2024 Seed Grant for Global Activities, UC Davis.

2022 Faculty Research Fellowship, Davis Humanities Institute.

2013-2016 Initiative Grant, Pacific Rim Research Program.

2010-2013 Scholar Grant, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

2006-2008 Researcher Grant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

2001-2002 The Davis Humanities Institute Fellow, UC Davis.

1999 APRU Fellow, Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

1995-96 Sawyer Research Fellow, The International Institute at University of Michigan.

1995 Certificate of Recognition, Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society, University of Michigan Chapter.