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Ming-Cheng M. Lo


  • 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 Handbook of Cultural Sociology (Routledge, 2010; Second edition published in 2019). 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.

Selected Publications

Ming-Cheng M. Lo and Yun Fan. (2022) "How Narratives of Disaster Impact survivors’ Emotionality: The case of Typhoon Morakot." forthcoming in Poetics.

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.

Laura Grindstaff, Ming-Cheng M. Lo, and John R. Hall. Eds. (2019). Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge.

Lo, M-C. M. & Nguyen, E. (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.

Lo, M-C. M. (2016) Cultural capital, motherhood capital, and low-income immigrant mothers’ institutional negotiations. Sociological Perspectives 59(3): 694-713.

Lo, M-C. M. (2015) Conceptualizing unrecognized cultural currency: Bourdieu and everyday resistance among the dominated. Theory and Society 44 (2): 125-152.

Lo, M-C. M., & Bahar, R. (2013) Resisting the colonization of the lifeworld? Immigrant patients' experiences with co-ethnic healthcare workers. Social Science & Medicine 87: 68-76.

Hall, J. R., Grindstaff, L., & Lo, M-C. M. (Eds.) (2010) Handbook of Cultural Sociology. London: Routledge.

Lo, M-C. M., & Fan, Y. (2010) Hybrid cultural codes in non-Western civil society: Images of women in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Sociological Theory 28 (2): 167-192.

Lo, M-C. M. (2010) Cultural brokerage: Creating linkages between voices of lifeworld and medicine in cross-cultural clinical settings. Health 14 (5): 484-504.

Lo, M-C. M., & Bettinger, C. P. (2009) Civic solidarity in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The China Quarterly 197: 183-203.

Lo, M-C. M., & Stacey, C. L. (2008) Beyond cultural competency: Bourdieu, patients, and clinical encounters. Sociology of Health and Illness 30 (5): 741-755.

Lo, M-C. M. (2005) Professions: Prodigal daughter of modernity, pp. 381-406 in Remaking Modernity: Politics, Processes and History in Sociology, Julia Adams, Elisabeth S. Clemens and Ann Shola Orloff (Eds.), Durham: Duke University Press.


Professor Lo teaches courses on filed methods, social movements, and health and illnesses. 


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.

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

1999 APRU Fellow, Association of Pacific Rim Universities.