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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 peer-reviewed articles, including those in Globalizations; Time & Society; Journal of Aging Studies; Social Science & Medicine; Health; Culture, Health & Sexuality; Global Social Policy; International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics; International Journal of Inclusive Education; and Qualitative Health Research. I am the lead editor of "Sexualities, transnationalism, and globalization: New perspectives" (published by Routledge, 2021) and a themed symposium on Transnationalism, Sexuality, and HIV Risk (published in Culture, Health & Sexuality, 2017), and the co-editor of two books (published by Routledge, 2016 and 2017) and a special issue on Time and Globalization of the journal Globalizations, 2016. I am currently working on a SSHRC-funded project titled “Globalization, time, and nostalgia: A transnational conjunctural analysis” (2020-2024).


  • –present
    Professor , McMaster University