Poyao Huang

Email: poh001@ucsd.edu  


  • PhD Candidate in Communication and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego, since 2013.
  • PhD Student in Communication Studies (Health and Interpersonal Communication), University of Georgia, 2011-2013. 
  • M.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism, National Chengchi University. 2004-2007. 
  • B.A. in Law, National Taiwan University, 1999-2004.

Research Interests

Science and technology studies, feminism, queer studies, health communication.

Poyao Huang’s research brings together the scholarship from science and technology studies (STS), communication and media studies, feminism and queer studies, to consider the ways in which the material specificities of objects—e.g., drugs, blood, virus, and technology—become unfolded during scientific practices. Situating his focus around the topic of LGBTQ’s health, Huang takes up health as both a form of scientific knowledge and the enactment of queer subjectivities to explore how the layered practices of health materially and discursively complicate the ontological stances of queer bodies and sexualities. His dissertation investigates the entanglements of biotechnology and biomedicine, gay men’s sexual practices, and the governance of HIV/AIDS in the case of the implementation of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for against HIV infection) in Taiwan. Considering the interdisciplinary nature of this project, Huang applies multiple methodologies (e.g., ethnographic, archival, and visual methods) in his research. 

Poyao Huang was trained in the field of law and journalism in Taiwan as well as health communication in the United States before attending the PhD program in Communication at UCSD. He also worked as a PR consultant in Taipei for three years and was involved in theater and performance during college. He is currently the managing editor of online journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (2016-2017). Together, those experiences inform his worldview and the research questions he proposes.     


Huang, P. (2016). Book review of Blood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms. Medical History, 60(4): 577-579. ISBN: 978-1-137-58158-7. 

Huang, P. (2016). Theories as practice: Review Trust and Cooperation in Three Taiwanese CommunitiesMass Communication Research, Vol.126, 243-248. 

Huang, P. (2007). Things about ecstasy: ecstasy and social space. Communication and Management Research, Vol.7 (1) 43-78.

Fong, S. C. & Huang, P. (2006). Graffiti and modernity of Taipei: A case study of Ximending. Introspection of East-Asia Modernity and Taiwanese Literature, 452-485. Council for Cultural Affairs: Taiwan. 


Huang, P. (2017). “Disclose Your HIV Status on Online Hookup Devices: The Materialization and Embodiment of Safe Sex.” Paper presented at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA. USA.   

Huang, P. (2016). “How to Have a Theory of Social Media in the Sunflower Student Movement.” Paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan.

Huang, P. (2015). “Online Lazy Bones’ Packs and Feminist Objectivity in the Sunflower Student Movement.” Paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference of North American Taiwan Studies, Harvard University, Boston, MA. USA.

Huang, P. (2015). “How to Have a Theory of Queer Blood.” Paper presented at the 25th Annual Conference of Thinking Gender, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. USA.

Huang, P. & Shen, L. (2014). “On a Scale of Health Uncertainty.” Paper presented at the 64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association, Seattle, WA. USA.

Huang, P. (2013). “Ecstasy and Social Space in Taiwan.” Paper presented at the 99th Annual Conference of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C. USA.

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