Grad Students

Amy Zhou



Contact Information

Email    amyzhou@g.ucla.edu
Office  Haines 111

I am a medical sociologist with a focus on race/ethnicity, global and transnational sociology, inequality, and ethnographic analysis. My work is driven by an interest in situating healthcare practices and the lived experience of health and illness in broader institutional and structural contexts. The cases I study have policy relevance and address contemporary problems in healthcare in the US and global setting.

My dissertation was motivated by an empirical puzzle. Malawi, one of the most donor-dependent countries in the world, went against WHO policies and gave pregnant women access to lifelong HIV treatment in order to prevent HIV transmission to children. I follow the meaning of HIV policy across different segments of Malawian society: from the government challenging global policy prescriptions, to local healthcare facilities and providers delivering services, and finally to HIV-positive women and their families who are expected to benefit. One aspect of my dissertation research, which looks at why HIV treatment was not always beneficial and cost free in women’s everyday lives, is published in Social Science & Medicine. Another collaborative article on barriers to treatment adherence is published in PLOS ONE. Articles in progress include one on diverging healthcare practices in Malawi's prenatal clinics and another on how treatment affects couple's "life projects" of marriage and childbearing. 

In another line of research, I focus on racial health inequalities in the US. In my Ethnicity & Health article, I examined the contested meaning of race in delivering racially targeted health services. Future projects will address inequalities in the dying process amongst terminally ill patients. 

As an instructor, I am committed to teaching students about social inequality. I was part of an interdisciplinary teaching team for Interracial Dynamics in American Culture and Society, and held my own seminar on racial disparities in health, titled “How Race Gets Under Our Skin." I also enjoy mentoring students, teaching research courses such as Community and Corporate Internships in Sociology and co-directing the Sociology Honors Mentorship Program.

Fields of Study

Medical Sociology, Global & Transnational Sociology, Inequality, Race & Ethnicity, Ethnography

Publications

Zhou, Amy. 2016. "The uncertainty of treatment: Women's use of HIV treatment as prevention in Malawi." Social Science & Medicine, 158: 52-60.

Zhou, Amy. 2016. "Serving some and serving all: How providers navigate the challenges of racially targeted health services." Ethnicity and Health, 22(5): 443-457

Kim, M.H., Zhou, A., Mazenga, A., Ahmed, S., Markham, C., Zomba, G., Simon, K., Kazembe, P., Abrams, E. 2016. "Why did I stop?: Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake and Adherence to ART in Option B+ HIV Care in Lilongwe, Malawi." PLoS One, 11(2): e0149527.

Grants and Awards

UCLA Going Global, Graduate Student Paper Award, 2017

UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2016-2017 

Elizabeth Blackwell, MD Graduate Student Paper Award, 2016

National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2014-2016

UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship, 2012-2013

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2012

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2011

UCLA Sociology Department Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011

Conference Presentations

11/2017 African Studies Association, Annual Meeting. “HIV policy innovation and the unexpected challenges of taking treatment as prevention in Malawi.” Panel session.  Upcoming in Chicago, Illinois.

10/2017 Sociology of Development Conference. “Between the spotlight and shadows of global health: Providing HIV and prenatal care in Malawi’s health centers.” Panel session. Upcoming in Detroit, Michigan.

8/2017 American Sociological Association (ASA), Annual Meeting.  “Therapeutic citizens and clients: Diverging practices in Malawi’s healthcare facilities.” Section on Development panel session. Montreal, Canada

8/2017 Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Annual Meeting. “Therapeutic citizens and clients: Diverging practices in Malawi’s healthcare facilities.” Roundtable. Montreal, Canada

4/2017 Going Global: UCLA International Institute Conference.  “Un-developing institutions: HIV policies and the therapeutic triage of prenatal care in Malawi.” Panel session. Los Angeles, California.

2/2017 Thinking Gender: UCLA Center for the Study of Women. “Un-developing institutions: HIV policies and the therapeutic triage of prenatal care in Malawi.” Panel session. Los Angeles, California.

4/2016 Going Global: UCLA International Institute Conference. “The uncertainty of treatment: Women’s use of HIV treatment as prevention in Malawi.” Panel session. Los Angeles, California.

7/2015 International AIDS Society Conference (IAS). “Why Did I Stop? Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake and Adherence to ART in Option B+ HIV Care in Lilongwe, Malawi.” Poster. Vancouver, Canada.

7/2015 7th International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics. “Why Did I Stop? Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake and Adherence to ART in Option B+ HIV Care in Lilongwe, Malawi.” Poster. Vancouver, Canada.

11/2013  American Studies Association, Annual Meeting. “Competing responsibilities: the dilemmas of racially targeted health services.” Panel session. Washington, D.C.

8/2012 American Sociological Association (ASA), Annual Meeting. “Competing responsibilities: the dilemmas of racially targeted health services.” Section on Asia and Asian Americans panel session. Denver, Colorado.

12/2011 Seminar on Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis, UCLA Department of Sociology. “Race Logic and a Health Reality: Accountability and the ‘Racialization’ and ‘Deracializaiton’ of Health Services.”Invited presenter. Los Angeles, California.

5/2010 UCLA Strategic Decision-Making in Labor and Social Movements. “Multicultural Health: Racialization and New Forms of Inclusion.” Panel presentation. Los Angeles, California.

8/2009  American Sociological Association (ASA), Annual Meeting. “Sex, Drugs, and Cultural Taboo: HIV/AIDS and its Impact on the Asian American/Pacific Islander Community.” Roundtable. San Francisco, California.

Advisors

Stefan Timmermans (Chair), Edward Walker, Ching-Kwan Lee, Susan Watkins (UPenn; UCLA CCPR)

Degrees

M.A. UCLA Sociology 2011; B.A. UCLA Sociology 2008