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Larry Au G'17

Larry Au

Doctoral Student
Sociology
Columbia University
last updated: 09/25/17

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Pre-dissertation Grants for Research in China 2017
Doctoral Student
Sociology
Columbia University
Making Traditional Chinese Medicine Scientific

My proposed dissertation will examine the contemporary scientific research by the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) community in China and the United States. The dissertation will be organized around the concept of boundary work and will look at how boundary crossing is made possible under different organizational and institutional settings. Through interviews and analytical methods offered by field theory, network analysis, and actor network theory, the project will examine how TCM is selectively integrated with different disciplines within the biomedical sciences. The findings of this research will reveal not just how TCM's knowledge and practices are made scientific, but also how scientific innovation occurs through the incorporation of diverse forms of expertise.