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

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Dr. Baozhen Luo is an associate 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 population aging 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 primarily focused on community care, following closely each step of development in the changing environment of political economy in China.

Dr. Luo’s teaching interests include Classical Sociological Theories, Sociology of Aging, and Contemporary Chinese Society. 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 on a yearly basis. Her current program is named Changing China: Culture, Community, and Citizenship. You can find out more about this program through this WWU’s International Programs and Exchanges webpage.

Dr. Luo is also passionately engaged in public sociology. She hosts a column called “Four Dimension Channel” (四维频道) at www.thepaper.cn (澎湃), an influential digital news magazine based in Shanghai, China. She has written for Foreign Affairs and served as commentators for Chinese Central Television-America (CCTV) and local newspapers.

Dr. Luo is a dedicated yogi and long-distance runner. She also enjoys reading, intellectual conversations, tea drinking, mountain hiking, and traveling around the world. Her mantra is to learn something new every day.

Recent Publications

Polivka, Larry and Baozhen Luo. 2015. “The Future of Retirement Security in a Neoliberal Economy.” The Gerontologist (Special Issue: White House Conference on Aging 2015) 55(2): 1–8.

Zhou Kui, Baozhen Luo and H. James. 2015. “Lost-Child Families’ Fertility Decisions and Relevant Factors After the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in Sichuan, Southwest China.” Chapter 13 in H. James and D. Paton, (eds.) The Consequences of Disasters: Demographic, Planning and Policy Implications. Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Zhan, Heying, Baozhen Luo, and Gehui Zhang. 2013. “Faith and Health: Meanings of Faith for Chinese Elders with Diverse Religious Backgrounds.” Ageing International 38: 343- 363.

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 37(1), 39-45.

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 Chen, Sheying and J. Powell (eds) Aging in China: Implications to Social Policy of a Changing Economic State. Springer.

Luo, Baozhen and Heying Zhan. 2011. “Filial Piety and Functional Support: Understanding Intergenerational Solidarity among Families with Migrated Children in Rural China.” Ageing International 37 (1): 69-92.

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

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.

Other Publications: News Magazines/Column and Interviews

Foreign Affairs

May/June, 2015. “China Will Get Rich Before It Grows Old: Beijing’s Demographic Problems Are Overrated.”




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