Ming-Cheng Lo


Position Title
Professor of Sociology



  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan.
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan.
  • B.A., Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Taiwan University.


Ming-Cheng Miriam Lo is professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis. Having grown up in Taiwan and completed her doctoral training in the United States, Professor Lo is actively engaged in research activities in Asia as well as the English-speaking world, meanwhile pursuing productive conversations across these cultural divides. She is the author of Doctors within Borders: Profession, Ethnicity, and Modernity in Colonial Taiwan (University of California Press, 2002; Japanese edition published in 2014). She co-edited the Handbook of Cultural Sociology (Routledge, 2010; Second edition published in 2019). Professor Lo has published widely on health, culture, and civil society in numerous sociology journals. 

Research Focus

Professor Lo’s research areas include: health and illness experiences, immigration, civic engagement, and culture. An overarching theme that runs through her research areas concerns how marginalized social groups hybridize diverse cultural and social resources to come up with creative responses to challenging social environments. On-going projects include research on how immigrant groups develop coping strategies for inadequate healthcare, how illness experiences transform gender identities among immigrant women, how natural disaster survivors negotiate with NGOs and the state to consolidate grassroots visions of community rebuilding, and how cultural "codes" in different democracies can help encourage or resist the rise of populism.

Selected Publications


Professor Lo teaches courses on immigration, social movements, and health and illnesses, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 


  • 2013-2016 Initiative Grant, Pacific Rim Research Program.
  • 2010-2013 Scholar Grant, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.
  • 2006-2008 Researcher Grant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • 2001-2002The Davis Humanities Institute Fellow, UC Davis.
  • 1999 APRU Fellow, Association of Pacific Rim Universities.
  • 1995-1996 Sawyer Research Fellow, The International Institute at U of Michigan.
  • 1995 Certificate of Recognition, Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society, University of Michigan Chapter.
  • 1992-1993 Barbor Scholarship for Oriental Women, U of Michigan.