Faculty Biography - Baozhen Luo

Associate Professor
Sociology Department
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9081
Arntzen Hall 531
Phone: (360) 650-7913
Fax: 360-650-7295

Dr. Baozhen Luo is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She obtained her B.A. in Journalism at Nanjing University (Nanjing, China) in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) in 2009. She also received a graduate certificate in Gerontology from GSU.

Dr. Luo’s primary research interests are in the areas of aging, demography, family, and well-being within a global context. More specifically, her recent research has been primarily focused on long-term care, aging policies, and well-being among the elderly population in China, where the society is undergoing massive social, economic, and cultural transformation. Her research in long-term care in China began with family care, expanded to institutional care, and is now growing to community care, following closely each step of development in the changing environment of political economy in China. Dr. Luo truly believes in the value of research in influencing policy making, which in turn can enrich people’s lives.

Dr. Luo’s teaching interests include Classical Sociological Theories, Research Methods, Family, and Aging. She aims to fuse theory and practice and fosters interactive learning. One of her passions is to bring students outside of the classroom and engage in communities locally and globally. Service learning is a core component of her course, which helps the students connect what they learn in class with what is going on in the community.  Dr. Luo also leads study abroad courses in China regularly. Her current program is named Changing China: Culture, Community, and Citizenship (http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/template/studyabroad/home_changingchina.shtml). In this program students conduct capstone research projects through reading and writing extensively on Chinese society, participating in intensive seminars, travelling across the impoverished western and the wealthy eastern regions of China, and interacting with local Chinese people in both rural and urban areas.

Dr. Luo is a dedicated yogi and home cook.  She also enjoys reading, intellectual conversations, tea drinking, trail running, mountain hiking, and traveling around the world. Her mantra is to learn something new every day.

Recent Publications

Luo, Baozhen and Heying Zhan. (Forthcoming) “Aging Related Social Policies in China: Stability, Equality and Innovation.” In Social Policies in China.

Zhan, Heying, Baozhen Luo, and Gehui Zhang. 2013. “Faith and Health: Meanings of Faith for Chinese Elders with Diverse Religious Backgrounds.” Ageing International.  DOI 10.1007/s12126-013-9182-7

Luo, Baozhen, Kui Zhou, Eun Jung Jin, Alisha Newman, and Jiayin Liang. 2013. “Ageism among College Students: A Comparative Study of U.S. and China.” Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 28: 49-63.

Polivka, Larry and Baozhen Luo. 2013. “The Future of Retirement Security across the Globe.” Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging.

Jiayin Liang and Baozhen Luo. 2012. “Toward a Discourse Shift in Social Gerontology: From Successful Aging to Harmonious Aging.” Journal of Aging Studies. 26, 327–334.

Zhan, Heying, Baozhen Luo, and Zhiyu Chen. 2012. “Institutional Elder Care in China.” Pp. 221-236. In Aging in China: Implications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State.

Luo, Baozhen and Heying Zhan. 2012. “Filial Piety and Functional Support: Understanding Intergenerational Solidarity among Families with Migrated Children in Rural China.” Ageing International, 37, 1, pp.69-92.

Zhan, Heying and Baozhen Luo. 2011. “Women, State and Social Policy.” In Jieyu Liu, Ying Zhu, & Yachien Huang (eds.). Women’s Studies in the West. Pp. 68-91. People’s University Press.

Zhan, Heying and Baozhen Luo. 2009. “Population Aging and Elderly Care.” In Li, Jieli (ed.) Public Health. Beijing University Press.

Luo, Baozhen. 2009. “Leisure and Culture for the Elderly.” Encyclopedia of Modern China.

Pp. 455-457. Charles Scribner’s Sons/Gale/Cengage Learning.

Luo, Baozhen. 2009. “Love and friendship.” Encyclopedia of Modern China. Pp. 528-531. Charles Scribner’s Sons/Gale/Cengage Learning.

Zhan, Heying and Baozhen Luo. 2009. “Social Welfare: Care and Aid for Disabled.” Encyclopedia of Modern China. Pp. 445-448. Charles Scribner’s Sons/Gale/Cengage Learning.

Luo, Baozhen. 2008. “Striving for Comfort: “Positive” Construction of Dating Cultures among Second-Generation Chinese American Youths.” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 25(6), 867-888.

Zhan, Heying, Xiaotian Feng, and Baozhen Luo. 2008. “Placing Elderly Parents in Institutions in Urban China: A Reinterpretation of Filial Piety?” Research on Aging, 30(5), 543-571.

Zhan, Heying and Baozhen Luo. 2007. “Students’ Teaching Evaluation in the U.S. and Its Implementation and Implications for Higher Education in China.” University Education in China, 1 (103), 49-56.

Zhan, Heying and Baozhen Luo. 2007. “Social Gerontology.” in Li, Jieli and Min Liu(eds.). Frontiers of Western Humanities and Social Science Research, Pp 236-261. Beijing University Press.

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