Wan-Zi Lu

Wan-Zi Lu has defended her dissertation and will receive a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago in December 2021. Her first book project based on her 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, she compares the transformations of regulatory frameworks and organizational arrangements related to organ donation in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Additionally, she has published a set of studies on how traditional authority structures shape democratization and financialization across indigenous communities in Taiwan. Starting in October 2021, she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

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