Wan-Zi Lu

I have defended my dissertation and will receive a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in December 2021. My first book project based on my mixed-methods dissertation, “Body Politics: Morals, Markets and the Mobilization of Organ Donation for Transplantation,” examines how governments and professionals settle conflicts between life-saving medical practices and moral guidance worldwide. To understand why shared cultural norms have produced different policies and practices of organ donation, I compare the transformations of regulatory frameworks and organizational arrangements related to organ donation in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Additionally, I have published a set of studies on how traditional authority structures shape democratization and financialization across indigenous communities in Taiwan. Starting in October 2021, I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.