Chuncheng Liu

MA: University of California San Diego, Sociology, 2019

BA: Sun Yat-sen University, Sociology, 2015


Research Interests: Science and Technology Studies; Political Economy; Law and Society; Culture; Global Health; Gender and Sexuality

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I am a Ph.D. student in sociology and science studies at University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on Science and Technology Studies (STS), politics and medical sociology, with specific interests in social classification and quantification of people. I am a mixed methods researcher, with a rich experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Before my study at UC San Diego, I worked as a research assistant at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Project-China for two years, conducting global health research and interventions toward Chinese gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men on HIV/AIDS issues. With my co-authors, I have published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Journal of the International AIDS Society, Culture, Health and SexualityPLOS MedicineJournal of Medical Internet ResearchAIDS & Behaviors, and Global Public Health.

First authorship

Liu C. (2020). “Red is not the only color of a rainbow”: The making and resistance of the “MSM” subject among gay men in China. Social Science & Medicine. 112947.

  • Won the Martin Levine Paper Award, American Sociological Association

Liu C.*, Zhang Y.*, Pan S.W., …& Tang W. (2020). Anticipated HIV Stigma Among HIV Negative Men Who Have Sex with Men in China: A Cross-Sectional StudyBMC Infectious Diseases. 20: 44.

  • Won the Best Paper Award, Lancet-Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) Health Summit

Liu C. (2019). Multiple Social Credit Systems in China. Economic Sociology: the European Electronic Newsletter. 21(1): 22-32.

Liu C., & Meyers, K. (2019). Beyond Clinical Trials: Social Outcomes of Structured Stakeholder Engagement in Biomedical HIV Prevention Trials in China. Culture, Health and Sexuality.

Liu, C., Fu, R., Tang, W., Cao, B., Pan, S. W., Wei, C., ... & Smith, M. K. (2018). Transplantation or rurality? Migration and HIV risk among Chinese men who have sex with men in the urban areasJournal of the International AIDS Society21(1), e25039.

Zhang, T. P.*, Liu, C.*, Han, L.*, Tang, W., Mao, J., Wong, T., ... & Tucker, J. D. (2017). Community engagement in sexual health and uptake of HIV testing and syphilis testing among MSM in China: a cross‐sectional online surveyJournal of the International AIDS Society20(1), 21372.

Liu, C., Mao, J., Wong, T., Tang, W., Tso, L. S., Tang, S., ... & Tucker, J.D. (2016). Comparing the effectiveness of a crowdsourced video and a social marketing video in promoting condom use among Chinese men who have sex with men: a study protocolBMJ open6(10), e010755.


* stands for co-first authorship


Co authorship (selected)

Smith M.K. Wei C., Liu C., …& Tucker J.D. (2019). Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Chinese Men who have Sex with Men: A Latent Class Analysis. Archives of Sexual Behaviors.

Tang W., Mao J., Liu C., …& Tucker JD. (2019). Reimagining Health Communication: A Non-Inferiority Randomized Controlled Trial of Crowdsourced Intervention in China. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 46(3), 172-178.

Tang W., Liu C., Cao B., …& Tucker J.D. (2018). Receiving HIV Serostatus Disclosure from Partners Before Sex: Results from an Online Survey of Chinese Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Individuals. AIDS & Behavior, 22(12), 3826-3835.

Wang, C., Tucker, J. D., Liu, C., …& Ling L. (2018). Condom use social norms and self-efficacy with different kinds of male partners among Chinese men who have sex with men: results from an online surveyBMC public health18(1), 1175.

Mao J., Tang W., Liu C., …& Tucker J.D. (2018). Sex Tourism among Chinese Men who have Sex with Men: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 306.

Cao B., Liu C., Durvasula M., …& Tucker J.D. (2017). Social Media Engagement and HIV Testing among Men who have Sex with Men in China. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(7), e251.

Cao B., Liu C., Stein G., …& Tucker J.D. (2017). Faster and Riskier? Online Context of Sex Seeking Among MSM in China. Sexual Transmitted Diseases, 44(4), 239-244.

Rich Z., Liu C., Ma Q., …& Tucker J.D. (2015). Physician Perceptions of HIV Cure in China: A Mixed Methods Review and Implications for HIV Cure Research. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, 5(9), 687-690.

Liu C. Governance in the Name of Trust: An Examination of a Chinese Municipal Policy Infrastructure.

Liu C. New Arts of Governance: The Origin of the Chinese Social Credit System

Fu Z & Liu C. Mobilizing Lockdown in a Pandemic (shared authorship)

SOCI 70. General Sociology for Pre-Med Students (2018 winter & 2019 winter)

SOCI 131. Sociology of the AIDS Epidemic (2018 fall);

SOCI 140. Sociology of Law (2019 fall)

USP 3. City and Social Theory (2019 spring)