Current Projects

The Culture of Democracy: A Sociological Approach to Civil Society

An ongoing book project on cultural sociology of civil society (under contract with Polity Press, expected publication year 2022). Please see HERE for details. 

States’ Cultural Responses to COVID-19

This is a book project that draws on my previous work on symbolic politics of disaster and my current research on how states culturally respond to the current COVID-19 crisis. The data collecting process is ongoing. An ideal timeline for this project is: a standalone article manuscript will be finished by summer 2022 and a book manuscript will be finished by summer 2023.  

The Debate over Black Lives Matter movement in the Chinese Public Sphere

This project has been funded by the “Global Perspectives on Race” grant from the Halle Institute for Global Research at Emory. The project examines the public debate over the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM hereafter) in the Chinese-speaking transnational public sphere by using textual data of online discussions and interviews with participants of the debate in both China and the US.  

Mourning and COVID-19

This project examines how people around the world mourn those who died of the COVID-19 and how such mourning has been tangled with social and political processes. Data from the media are currently being collected. 

Chinese Discourses of Civil Society

This project examines the idea and term “civil society” in the public sphere. Data collection has mostly been done.