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Honorary Associate Professor

SONG, Priscilla

China Studies
PhD, Anthropology, Harvard University
MA, Anthropology, Harvard University


Dr. Priscilla Song [宋柏萱] is an Associate Professor of Humanities, Emergency Medicine, and Public Health Sciences at the College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University. She is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and was formerly an Associate Professor in the Centre for Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. She has taught courses on anthropology, Asian studies, history, health humanities, and qualitative research methods at Penn State College of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Washington University in St. Louis, New School for Social Research, and Yale University. She received her PhD and MA in Anthropology from Harvard University and her BA in Anthropology and Philosophy from Yale University.

Dr. Song is a cultural anthropologist working at the nexus of global health, science and technology studies, and China studies. Her research focuses on the social and ethical aspects of biomedical technologies, including the challenges of regulating experimental medical treatment in a globalized era, the ways in which digital communication technologies are transforming patient activism, and the unintended consequences of Chinese healthcare reforms. Dr. Song has over two decades of experience conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Asia, as well as mixed-methods research with a diverse range of collaborators including social workers, public health scholars, psychologists, neuroscientists, gerontologists, nurses, emergency medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, Chinese medicine practitioners, patients, and their family members. Her first book Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China (Princeton University Press 2017) was awarded the Francis Hsu Book Prize by the Society for East Asian Anthropology.


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Region and Language

China, Chinese communities overseas, Mandarin (Putonghua), English

Research Area

Cultural and medical anthropology, Health Humanities, Modern Chinese culture and society

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