Wan-Zi Lu

Wan-Zi Lu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Her book project, “The Many Hands of the Healthcare State,” examines bodily donation at the nexus of the institutionalization of care, political culture, and moralized markets. To understand why shared cultural norms have produced different policies and practices of organ donation, she compares the regulatory frameworks and policy outcomes of bodily giving in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Utilizing comparative historical analysis, her research illuminates that institutional and organizational apparatuses affect policy delivery, define the boundaries of markets, and shape medical outcomes. Her works received the 2022 Theda Skocpol Best Dissertation Award in the section on comparative-historical sociology and the 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award in the section on altruism, morality, and social solidarity of the American Sociological Association. She has published in Incentives and Disincentives for Organ Donation, Sociology of Development, the Revue française de sociologie, and other venues.

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