In the broadest sense, my research is concerned with shifts towards pharmacological solutions in preventative sexual health. I am currently developing a project that focuses on PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) interventions in Bangkok, Thailand. With this project, I hope to explore how sexual geographies are being renegotiated through the practices of these interventions.
Prior to coming to Rice, I earned an MA in Cultural Anthropology from National Taiwan University, where I conducted research on sexual politics in Taiwan. My Master’s Thesis focused on national discourses of multiculturalism, providing ethnographic insight as to how activists engage the terrains of identity politics that these discourses produce. This project was the culminating result of eighteen months of fieldwork with the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, where I received training as a volunteer and participated in a variety of public engagements. While in Taiwan, I also presented and published a short article in Mandarin, addressing a case where activists appropriated discourses of cultural heritage as part of a claim to a particular urban space.
Before moving to Taiwan, I completed a BA at The George Washington University, where I double majored in International Development and Anthropology.