I am a medical sociologist with a focus on global and transnational sociology, institutions, and health inequalities. My research agenda examines the social consequences of health policies and programs. I am currently pursuing this agenda with several projects. My dissertation investigates the conditions for policy divergence from global HIV guidelines, and the unanticipated effects that innovations for HIV treatment policy have on healthcare institutions and patients in Malawi. A related project looks at how the feminization of global HIV policies impacts men’s use of HIV services. In another line of research on racial health inequalities in the US, I examine the challenges and contested meaning of race in delivering racially targeted health services. Methodologically, my projects are rooted in ethnographic analysis, and also include in-depth interviews and historical analysis.
Fields of Study
Medical Sociology, Global & Transnational Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Ethnography
Zhou, Amy. 2016. "The uncertainty of treatment: Women's use of HIV treatment as prevention in Malawi." Social Science & Medicine, 158: 52-60.
Kim, M.H., Zhou, A., Mazenga, A., Ahmed, S., Markham, C., Zomba, G., Simon, K., Kazembe, P., Abrams, E. 2016. "Why did I stop?: Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake and Adherence to ART in Option B+ HIV Care in Lilongwe, Malawi." PLoS One, 11(2): e0149527.
Zhou, Amy. Forthcoming. "Serving some and serving all: How providers navigate the challenges of racially targeted health services." Ethnicity and Health.
Grants and Awards
UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2016-2017
Elizabeth Blackwell, MD Graduate Student Paper Award, 2016
National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2014-2016
UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship, 2012-2013
UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2012
UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2011
UCLA Sociology Department Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011
Going Global: UCLA International Institute Graduate Student Conference. Panel presentation: "The uncertainty of treatment: Women's use of HIV as prevention in Malawi." April 2016. Los Angeles, CA.
International AIDS Society Conference (IAS). Poster presentation: "Why did I stop?: Barriers and facilitators to uptake and adherence to ART in Option B+ care in Lilongwe, Malawi." July 2015. Vancouver, Canada.
7th International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics. Poster Presentation: "Why did I stop?: Barriers and facilitators to uptake and adherence to ART in Option B+ care in Lilongwe, Malawi." July 2015. Vancouver, Canada.
American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Panel presentation: "Competing Responsibilities: Dilemmas of Racially Targeted Health Services." November 2013. Washington DC.
American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting. Section panel presentation: "Competing Responsibilities: Dilemmas of Racially Targeted Health Services." August 2012. Denver, CO.
Strategic Decision-Making in Labor and Social Movements. Panel presentation: "Multicultural Health: Racialization and New Forms of Inclusion." May 2010. Los Angeles, CA.
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Roundtable presentation:
"Sex, Drugs, and Cultural Taboo: HIV/AIDS and its Impact on the Asian American Community." August 2009. San Francisco, CA.
Stefan Timmermans (Chair), Ching-Kwan Lee, Edward Walker, Susan Watkins (UPenn; UCLA CCPR)
M.A. UCLA Sociology 2011; B.A. UCLA Sociology 2008