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Yanqiu Rachel Zhou

Professor, Social Sciences, McMaster University

I am interested in understanding how globalization processes (not limited to economic globalization) have both challenged and reproduced social inequalities experienced by people in local and transnational settings, and how public policy (e.g., social, health and immigration policies) has responded to the changing contexts of these issues. My main research areas include globalization, transnationalism, global health, social/health policy, sexuality, and time/temporalities.

I have published over 40 scholarly articles, including those in Globalizations; Time & Society; Journal of Aging Studies; Social Science & Medicine; Health; Culture, Health & Sexuality; and Global Social Policy. I am a co-editor of two books (by Routledge, 2016 and 2017) and a special issue (in Globalizations, 2016) on Time and Globalization, and the leading editor of a symposium on Transnationalism, Sexuality, and HIV Risk (in Culture, Health & Sexuality, 2017). I am currently working on a co-edited book (by Routledge) entitled "Sexualities, transnationalism, and globalization: New Perspectives".


  • –present
    Full Professor, McMaster University


  • 2006 
    University of Toronto, PhD