Susan Greenhalgh

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Professor, Anthropology
School of Social Sciences
B.A., Wellesley College
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
School of International Affairs, Columbia University, Certificate in Chinese Studies
Phone: (949) 824-5683
Fax: (949) 824-4717
University of California, Irvine
3308 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
University of California at Irvine
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Contemporary China; Anthropology of population/reproduction/life itself; Anthropology of governance and policy; Social studies of science, technology, and medicine; Gender studies; Modernity & globalization; Socialism and post-socialism
Academic Distinctions
Just One Child: Honorable Mention in Society for Cultural Anthropology's Gregory Bateson Book Prize for innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship, fall 2009.

Invited to deliver annual Reischauer Lectures, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, April 2008.

Opening-night speaker, Launch Conference for British Inter-University China Center (BICC), London and Oxford, June 2007

Keynote speaker, Berlin Roundtable on Transnationality: Population Politics and Human Rights, Berlin, February 2007.

2002 Clifford C. Clogg Award from Population Association of America for Early Career Achievement (1st 20 years post-PhD); Runner up, Gordon White prize for most original article in contemporary Chinese studies, China Quarterly 2005; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Distinguished Visitorship

Major Fellowships and Grants: National Science Foundation Grant for project on "Population Science and the Making of China's One-Child-Per-Couple Policy, 1975-2000"; Grant from UCI's Newkirk Center for Science and Society; Individual Project Fellow, Open Society Institute, NYC; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Grants for research on "The Political Economy of Fertility in Rural China"; NSF Grant for project on "Socialist Modernization and the Demographic Transition in Rural China"
Research Abstract
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POPULATION AND THE RISE OF GLOBAL CHINA, forthcoming, Harvard University Press, 2010.
JUST ONE CHILD: SCIENCE AND POLICY IN DENG'S CHINA. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
GOVERNING CHINA'S POPULATION: FROM LENINIST TO NEOLIBERAL BIOPOLITICS (with E.A. Winckler). Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005.
UNDER THE MEDICAL GAZE: FACTS AND FICTIONS OF CHRONIC PAIN. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
"The Chinese Biopolitical: Facing the Twenty-First Century," New Genetics and Society, 28(3), September 2009, pp. 205-222.
"Globalization and Population Governance in China," in Global Assemblages: Technology, Governmentality, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, Aihwa Ong and Stephen J. Collier, eds. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005, pp. 354-372.
"Missile Science, Population Science: The Origins of China's One-Child Policy," China Quarterly, 182, June 2005, pp. 253-276.
"Planned Births, Unplanned Persons: Population in the Making of Chinese Modernity,"American Ethnologist, 30(2), May 2003, pp. 196-215.
"Science, Modernity, and the Making of China's One-Child Policy," Population and Development Review, 29(2), June 2003, pp. 163-196.
"Fresh Winds in Beijing: Chinese Feminists Speak Out on the One-Child Policy and Women's Lives," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 26(3), Spring 2001, pp. 847-86.
"The Social Construction of Population Science: An Intellectual, Institutional, and Political History of 20th Century Demography," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 38(1), Jan. 1996, pp. 26-66.
"Engendering Reproductive Policy and Practice in Peasant China: For a Feminist Demography of Reproduction," Signs, 20(3), Spring 1995, pp. 601-641, with Jiali Li..
"Controlling Births and Bodies in Village China," American Ethnologist, 21(4), Nov. 1994, pp. 1-30.
Professional Societies
American Ethnological Society
American Anthropological Association
Association for Asian Studies
Population Association of America
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