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Zhou Y. Rachel, Associate Professor | Acting Director/Graduate Advisor of IGHC

Y. Rachel Zhou

Associate Professor | Acting Director/Graduate Advisor of IGHC

Faculty
School of Social Work

Members
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

Area(s) of Interest:

Research Snaps

Biography

Research & Supervisory Interests

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. Research Interests include globalization, immigration, transnationalism; HIV and AIDS, and global health; aging and pensions; social/health policy; culture, gender, sexuality, and temporalities.  

Education

2006 Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Canada
2000 Master of Arts, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada

 

Teaching

Graduate Supervisions

Masters - Major Research Papers (MRP)
2016 The Politics of Indigeneity: The Case of Bangladesh
2016 Humanitarianism for Whom?: Constructing the Security Scapegoat in Canada’s Syrian Refugee Policy
2015  Development Assistance for Health in Latin Central America: Global Trends Influencing Regional Data
2015 Travel Sickness: Medical Tourism and the Commodification of Medical Care
2012 A Socio-Historical Approach to HIV/AIDS in South Africa: Race, Power and Apartheid
2011 Neoliberalism Beneath Social Investment Discourses?: A Critical Analysis of the World Bank’s Education Sector Strategy 2020 
2011  An Exploration of the Impacts of China’s Increasing Economic Engagement in sub-Saharan Africa
2011  The Undecidables and the Hybridity of Identity
2011  A Sacred Place: Capturing the Story of the Sacred Headwaters Social Movement (Co-supervision)
2010 Migration and Development: A Preliminary Assessment of the ‘Deskilling’ Situation Faced by Chinese Skilled Immigrants in Canada
2009 The Construction of Female Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Kenya: Gender Mainstreaming or Gender Masking?
2009 Globalization, Migration and Remittances: The Impacts of Remittances on Women’s Lives in Kathmandu, Nepal
2009 Under the Same Blue Sky? A Preliminary Study of Left-behind Children in Rural China in the Context of Globalization
2009 The Social Networks of Chinese Elderly Immigrants in Canada: Implications for Public Service Utilization
2008 Community Building and Resistance in Food Banks
2008 The Impact of Globalization on Intra-Ethnic Relations: The Case of Chinese Sub-Groups in the Greater Toronto Area (co-supervision)
2008 Pursuing Social Justice through the Market: Fair Trade Coffee in Latin America
2008 Social Work Activism amidst Neo-liberal Policies: How Social Workers Maintain Resistance?
2007 The Working Conditions of Women in the Global Garment Sector: A Comparative Perspective
2007 Reformasi: Race and Identity in Malaysian Politics in a Globalized Era
2007 Identity, Mobilization and Globalization: The Role of Art in Creating Social Changes in Hamilton, Ontario
   
Masters - Theses
2016 The Experiences of Women Aging in Place: The Case of Searchmont, Ontario
2016 Experiences of the Millennial Generation of Chinese International Students in Canadian Universities
2016  The Good, the Bad and the Indifferent: Lodging Homes in Hamilton
2015 Social burden or social resources? Understanding Chinese senior immigrants’ contributions in Canada
2012 The Fluidity of Power: Complexities, Contradictions and Challenges of Visible Minority Women Working in Women’s Shelters
2012  Policy Responses to Income Inequality in a Canadian Context
2012  A critical comparison of the Workers’ Compensation in South Korea and Canada: Different routes to the same destination?
2011 Motherhoods, Bodies and Inequalities: An Exploration of Surrogacy and its Implications for Social Work
2010 The Expert Knowledge of University Graduate Students with Learning Disabilities: A Policy and Service Analysis

Courses Taught

  • SOC WORK 770 Social Work and Social Justice: Theoretical Tensions
  • SOC WORK 701 Social Policy: Critical frameworks
  • SOC WORK 738 Research Methods for Social Work
  • SOC WORK 706 Social Welfare and Social Work in the Context of Globalization and Restructuring
  • SOC WORK 4GG3 Transnational lives in a globalizing world
  • SOC WORK 2B03 Social Welfare: General Introduction
  • Global St 749 Global Health Crisis
  • Global St 704 Global Social Policy
  • Global St 715 Globalization and China
  • HST 4D03 Health in Cross-Cultural and International Perspectives
  • Inquiry 1SS3 Inquiry in the Social Sciences
 
 

Research

Selected Publications

Books
Huebener, P., O’Brien, S., Porter, T., Stockdale, L., & Zhou, Y. R. (Eds.) (2017). Time and Globalization: An interdisciplinary dialogue. New York: Routledge. (*A reprint from a special issue on Globalization and Time)
Huebener, P., O’Brien, S., Porter, T., Stockdale, L., & Zhou, Y. R. (Eds.) (2016). Time, Globalization, and Human Experiences: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. Routledge. Link
Book Chapters
Zhou, Y. R., & Shi, S. (forthcoming). “Pension reforms in the context of the global financial crisis: A reincarnation of pension privatization through austerity?”. In S. McBride & B. Evans (eds.), Lived Experience of Austerity. University of Toronto Press.
Zhou, Y. R. (2017). “The New Aging Trajectories of Chinese Grandparents in Canada”. In P. Dossa & C. Coe (eds.), Transnational Aging and Kin-Work (pp.43-60). Rutgers University Press. Link
Huebener, P., O’Brien, S., Porter, T., Stockdale, L., & Zhou, Y. R. (2016). “Introduction”. In Huebener, P., S. O’Brien, T. Porter, L.  Stockdale, & Y. R. Zhou (Eds.). Time, Globalization, and Human Experiences. Routledge. (*Authors’ names were arranged alphabetically to reflect equal contribution.)
Zhou, Y. R., & Coleman, W. D. (2016). Accelerated contagion and response: Understanding the relationships among globalization, time, and disease. In Huebener, P., S. O’Brien, T. Porter, L.  Stockdale, & Y. R. Zhou (Eds.). Time, Globalization, and Human Experiences. Routledge. (*A reprint from a special issue on Globalization and Time) 
Zhou, Y. R. (2014). “Austerity now, poverty later?: Pensions”. In D. Baines & S. McBride (eds.), Orchestrating austerity (pp. 120-133). Fernwood Publishing.
Zhou, Y. R. (2013). “Morality, discrimination, and silence: Understanding HIV stigma in the sociocultural context of China”. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Stigma, Discrimination, and Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, pp.117-132. New York & London: Springer. More Info
Zhou, Y. R. (2009). Welfare. In G. H. Fagan & R. Munck (Eds.), Globalization and Security: An Encyclopedia (vol. 2), pp.387-404. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. More info
Sakamoto, I. & Zhou, Y. R. (2005). Gendered nostalgia: The experiences of Chinese new skilled immigrants in Canada. In V. Agnew (Ed.), Diaspora, memory, identity: A search for home, pp.209-229. Toronto, Buffalo & London: University of Toronto Press.More info
Journal Articles
Zhou, Y. R. Coleman, W. D., Huang, Y., Sinding, C. Wei, W., Gahagan, J., Micollier, E., Su, H. (2017). Editorial Introduction: Exploring the Intersection of Transnationalism, Sexuality, and HIV Risk. Culture, Health & Sexuality (A symposium on Transnationalism and HIV Risk), 19(6), 645-652. Open Access
Sinding, C., & Zhou, Y. R. (2017). Intimacy, identity and relationship in the accounts of Chinese immigrants to Canada: The contribution of narrative analysis. Culture, Health & Sexuality (A symposium on Transnationalism and HIV Risk), 19(6), 653-666. Doi: 10.1080/13691058.2016.1271142 Open Access
Zhou, Y. R. (2017). "Race" and HIV vulnerability in a transnational context: The case of Chinese Immigrants to Canada. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 19(6), 695-708. Doi: 10.1080/13691058.2016.1192221. Open Access
Zhou, Y. R., Majumdar, B., & Vattikonda, N. (2016). Culture, but more than culture: An exploratory study of the HIV vulnerability of Indian immigrants in Canada. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 18 (9), 1067-1080. Doi: 10.1080/13691058.2016.1162328. Abstract
Huebener, P., O’Brien, S., Porter, T., Stockdale, L., & Zhou, Y. R. (2016). Editors’ Introduction: Exploring the Intersection of Time and Globalization. Globalizations (Special issue on Time and Globalization), 13(3) 243-255. Doi: 10.1080/14747731.2015.1057046. Link 
Zhou, Y. R., & Coleman, W. D. (2016). Accelerated contagion and response: Understanding the relationships among globalization, time, and disease. Globalizations (Special issue on Time and Globalization), 13(3), 285-299.Doi: 10.1080/14747731.2015.1056498. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2015). Time, space and care: Rethinking transnational care from a temporal perspective. Time & Society, 24(2), 163-182. Doi: 10.1177/0961463X13491342. Abstract
Neysmith, S. M., & Zhou, Y. R. (2013). Mapping another dimension of a feminist ethics of care: Family-based transnational care. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (Special Issue on Aging and Long-term Care), 6(2), 141-159. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2013). Toward transnational care interdependence: Rethinking the relationships between care, immigration and social policy. Global Social Policy, 13(3), 280-298. Doi: 10.1177/1468018113499573. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2013). Transnational aging: The impacts of adult children’s immigration on their parents’ later lives. Transnational Social Review (Special Issue on Transnational Aging), 3(1), 49-64. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2012). Space, time, and self: Rethinking aging in the contexts of immigration and transnationalism. Journal of Aging Studies (Special Issue on Innovative Approaches to International Comparisons), 26(3), 232-242. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2012). Changing behaviours and continuing silence: Sex in the post-immigration lives of mainland Chinese immigrants in Canada. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(1), 87-100. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R., & Coleman, W. (2011). “It’s a forced separation … and we’ve got used to this kind of life”: Changing dynamics of HIV risk in the context of immigration. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 7(1), 5-15. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2010). The phenomenology of time: Lived experiences of people with HIV/AIDS in China. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 14, 310-325. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2009). Help-seeking in a context of AIDS stigma: Understanding the health care needs of people with HIV/AIDS in China. Health & Social Care in the Community, 17, 202–208. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2008). Endangered womanhood: Women’s experiences with HIV/AIDS in China. Qualitative Health Research, 18, 1115-1126. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2007). “If you get AIDS… You have to endure it alone”: Understanding the social constructions of HIV/AIDS in China. Social Science & Medicine, 65(2), 284-295. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2006). Homosexuality, seropositivity, and family obligations: Perspectives of HIV-infected men who have sex with men in China. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 8(6), 487-500. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R., Knoke, D., & Sakamoto, I. (2005). Rethinking silence in the classroom: Chinese students’ experiences of sharing indigenous knowledge. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 9(3), 287-311. Abstract

 


Recent Presentations at Meetings

Invited
2016 “The intersection of transnationalism and translocality: Understanding kin-based transnational care in the context of skilled immigration”. Presentation at the 8th International Symposium, Pusan National University, South Korea, June 16-17.
2015 "Transnational family, transnational care, and transnational aging: Bridging the gap between policy and live experience". Presentation at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), McMaster University, March 18.
2014 "Hong Kong protests: Umbrella Revolution roundtable discussion". Panel discussion organized by the Asian Research Working Group, McMaster University, November 3.
2014 "Pension reforms in the context of the global financial crisis: A reincarnation of pension privatization through austerity? Presentation at the Manufacturing and Framing Austerity Workshop, McMaster University, October 30-November 1.
2013 “Rethinking aging and old age security in a changing context: A case study”. Presentation at the workshop on The Crisis and Global Social Policy, McMaster University, September 27-28.
2013 “Accelerated contagion and response: Understanding the relationships among globalization, time, and disease”. Presentation at the Workshop on Time and Globalization. McMaster University, September 20-21. (with W. Coleman)
Peer-Reviewed
2016 Zhou, Y. R. & Coxson, K. (2016). “‘Resilient social workers: A new spirit in human services, or a new form of governmentality?” Paper presented at the Workshop on Crisis and Resilience, McMaster University, May 20.
2015 Zhou, Y. R., Sinding, C., Arnold, E., Wei, W., Huang, Y. Gahagan, J., Cain, R. Peng, L., Su, H., & Micollier, E., “Chinese immigrants’ perceptions about and responses to HIV risk in interracial intimate relationships: Understanding power and agency in a transnational context”. Paper submitted to the 2015 CAHR Conference, April 30- May 3.
2015 Zhou, Y. R., Vattikonda, N., Majumdar, B., & Kaur, A. “HIV risk within marriage: Gendered perspectives of Indian immigrants in Canada”. Paper submitted to the 2015 CAHR Conference, April 30- May 3
2015 Zhou, Y. R., Vattikonda, N., Majumdar, B., & Kaur, A. “Culture, stigma, and agency: Telling and re-telling the stories about HIV/AIDS”. Paper submitted to the 2015 CAHR Conference, April 30- May 3.
2014 Sinding, C., Zhou, Y. R., Wei, W., Huang, Y., Cain, R., Su, H., Arnold, E., Gahagan, J., Bao, Y., & Micollier, E. (2014). “The Migration of Desire: Chinese Immigrants' Accounts of Sexuality and Intimate Relationships in Transnational Contexts”. Paper presented to the 2014 CAHR Conference, May 1-4.
2014 Zhou, Y. R., Huang, Y., Cain, R., Wei, W., Sinding, C., Gahagan, J., Su, H., Arnold. E., Micollier, E., & Johnson, N. (2014). “Theoretical promise and practical challenges: Reflections on an ongoing international project on transnationalism and HIV risk”. Paper Submitted to the 2014 CAHR Conference, May 1-4.

Current Research and Publication Funding

2016-18 A Themed Symposium in the Journal Culture, Health & Sexuality
  McMaster University Arts Research Board (ARB); Principal Recipient