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St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
I am a sociocultural anthropologist working at the nexus of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, and East Asian studies. My research focuses on the social and ethical aspects of transnational biomedical technologies in urban China, where a changing political, economic and moral landscape is transforming health outcomes and reorganizing social relations on local and global scales. My book Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China will be published by Princeton University Press in spring 2017 (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/11028.html). Please see my faculty website for more information about my various research projects, publications, and courses (https://pages.wustl.edu/song).
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. I am also a faculty member of the East Asian Studies Program (http://eas.wustl.edu/people/chinese-faculty) and a faculty scholar at the Institute for Public Health (https://publichealth.wustl.edu/scholars/priscilla-song/). I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, global health, and East Asian studies.
I am currently serving as an elected councilor (2015-2018) for the Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) (http://seaa.americananthro.org/), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). I am a contributing editor for SEAA's column in Anthropology News (http://www.anthropology-news.org/) and a member of the SEAA program committee for the upcoming 2017 AAA Annual Meeting in D.C.
I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University and my B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy from Yale University. Before joining the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, I was a lecturer at Yale University and the New School for Social Research. I was a visiting research associate in the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 2000-2001, a visiting scholar in the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing from 2004-2006, and a visiting scholar in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing from 2014-2015.
2016 ArtSci Council Most Engaging Professor Award, Washington University in St. Louis
2014 Global Aging Initiative Grant, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Institute for Public Health, Washington University
Song, Priscilla. In press. Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China. Princeton University Press. Expected Spring 2017. ISBN 9780691174785. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/11028.html
Chen, Honglin, Lu Wang, and Priscilla Song. In press. "Gratification and Frustration: Ambivalent Experiences of Community-Based Eldercare Providers and the Role of Social Work Intervention." Journal of East China University of Science and Technology. (article in Chinese)
Honglin Chen,* Lu Wang,* Priscilla Song,* and Hui Yang* (*equal co-first authors). 2016. "An Ambiguous Sense of Professional Identity: Community-based Caregivers for Older Adults in China." Ageing International. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12126-016-9266-2
Song, Priscilla. Forthcoming. Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China. Princeton University Press. Expected Spring 2017.
Song, Priscilla. 2011. "The Proliferation of Stem Cell Therapies in Post-Mao China: Problematizing Ethical Regulation." New Genetics and Society. 30(2): 141-153.
Song, Priscilla. 2010. "Biotech Pilgrims and the Transnational Quest for Stem Cell Cures." Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 29(4): 384-402.
Prayson, Richard, Dasarahally Mohan, Priscilla Song, and John Suh. 2000. "Clinicopathologic Study of Forty-Four Histologically Pure Supratentorial Oligodendrogliomas." Annals of Diagnostic Pathology 4(4): 218-227.
Ciezki, Jay, Urs Hafeli, Priscilla Song et al. 1999. "Parenchymal Cell Proliferation in Coronary Arteries after Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty: A Human Tissue Bank Study." International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 45(4):963-968.
Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society (L48 3055)
Material Culture in Modern China (L48 3056)
Popular Culture and Consumption in Modern China (L48 4011)
Culture, Illness and Healing in Asia (L48 4033)
Family Change in East Asia (L48 4034)
Cultures of Science and Technology (L48 4454)