Zhan MeiAssociate Professor of Anthropology
UC Irvine School of Social Sciences

Prof. Zhan is a leading expert on medical anthropology, science and technology studies, globalization and transnationalism. Her research focuses on traditional Chinese medicine, what scandals tell us about China’s development, and what Daoism can teach science.

Selected publications

  • “Worlding Oneness: Daoism, Heidegger, and possibilities for treating the Human,” Social Text 29:4 (109):107-28, special issue on China and the Human. (2012)
  • “Human Oriented? Angels and monsters in China’s health-care reform,” East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal, 2011:5:291–311, special issue on East Asian Biopolitics. (2011)
  • Other-Worldly: Making Chinese Medicine through Transnational Frames. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. (2009)
  • “A Doctor of the Highest Caliber Treats an Illness before It Happens.” <em,>Medical Anthropology, special issue on the globalization of Chinese Medicine, 28:2:166-88. (2009)
  • “Wild Consumption: privatizing responsibilities in the time of SARS.” In Privatizing China, edited by Li Zhang and Aihwa Ong. Cornell University Press, pp. 156-161. (2008)
  • “Civet Cats, Fried Grasshoppers, and David Beckham’s Pajamas: unruly bodies after SARS,” American Anthropologist, 107:1:31-42. (2005)

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