Amy Yuan Zhou

Amy Zhou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research broadly examines health inequalities in both the US and global settings. One line of research focuses on the global health field. Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews in Malawi, her current book project looks at how international efforts to address the HIV epidemic have transformed healthcare institutions and the way patients manage their health. This research also draws attention to how global health policies can have unintended consequences for maternal HIV transmission, women’s use of HIV treatment, and reproductive health. Another line of research looks at racial health inequalities in the US, focusing on the meaning of race in delivering racially-targeted health services. Recently, she has started a new project that examines the social and ethical implications of gene drive technologies. Amy received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA and postdoctoral training at the UCSD Institute for Practical Ethics.

Research Interests

HIV interventions
Social determinants