Jennifer Liu

Associate Professor | Department Chair

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Office: PAS 2009

Phone: 519-888-4567 x43044



Jennifer Liu is a cultural and medical anthropologist whose work intersects with science and technology studies (STS) and global health, and addresses biomedical technologies, science and health governance and ethics, and food and water security. She has worked in the US, Taiwan, Zambia and Bangladesh. She teaches courses on sociocultural anthropology, theory, medical anthropology, global health, STS, and China among others. She holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco (2008). 

Publications (selected) 

2022 Janes, C., J. Liu and K. Corbett. “Global Health.” In A Companion to Medical Anthropology, Second Edition, pp 55-78. Eds., M. Singer, P. Erickson, and C. Abadia- Barrero. New York: Wiley Blackwell.

2018 “Stem cells: global cells, local cultures.” In The Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society, eds., Stephen Hilgartner, Sahra Gibbon, Barbara Prainsack and Janelle Lamoureaux. London: Routledge.

2017 - "Postcolonial Biotech: Taiwanese Conundrums and Subimperial Desires." East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (11):1-26.

2017 - "Situated stem cell ethics: beyond good and bad." Regenerative Medicine.

2016 - “Emerging Science, Emerging Democracy: Stem Cell Research and Policy in Taiwan.” Special issue, “Science, Policy, and Values,” Perspectives on Science 24(5), ed. Heather Douglas.

2015 - “Synthetic Biology in Global Health: Lessons from History and Anthropology.” Journal of Responsible Innovation 2(1):96-99..

2012 - Aboriginal Fractions: enumerating identity in Taiwan. Theme issue, "Enumeration, Identity and Health," Medical Anthropology 31(4):329-346.

2012 - Asian Regeneration? Technohybridity in Taiwan's biotech. Theme issue, “Science and Nationalism in East Asia”, EASTS (East Asian Science, Tech. and Society) 6(3): 401-14.

2012 - (with D. Gardner) Global Bioethics: Hopes, fears, and new voices. Issues in Science and Technology, Fall: 77-87.

2012 - Book Review of European Kinship in the Age of Biotechnology, Jeanette Edwards and Carles Salazar, eds., Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2009. Feminist Theory 13(2).

2011 - Biological scarcity: looking beyond regulatory exteriors in Taiwan. Theme Issue, “Stem Cell Research in Asia: Looking Beyond Regulatory Exteriors (Part 2). New Genetics and Society 30(3):253-265.

2011 - Book Review of Sciences from Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities, Sandra Harding, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 25(1):137-139.

2010 - "Making Taiwanese (stem cells): identity, genetics, and purity." In Asian Biotech. Eds. Aihwa Ong and Nancy Chen. Durham: Duke University Press. Pp. 239-262.