Wen-Hua Lai

Wen-Hua  Lai
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • MS, Sociology, National Taiwan University, 2016


Wen-Hua Lai


Zoey Lai is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research interests include social determinants in health and aging, mental and cognitive health (e.g., Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD)), and racial/ethnic disparities in health.

Her primary line of research examines mental and cognitive health inequalities faced by racial/ethnic minorities in later life. Guided by the stress process framework, she investigates how racial/ethnic stratification of stress exposure and protective resources intersect with gender, nativity, and socioeconomic status in generating mental and cognitive health disparities among Black and Latinx older adults. In another line of inquiry, she examines social relationships, neighborhoods, and infrastructure provisions as contexts for health inequalities faced by marginalized populations and vulnerable communities. Zoey was awarded a Government Fellowship for Overseas Study (Taiwan) and a Dissertation Fellowship from MSU Graduate School. She holds a M.A. in Sociology from National Taiwan University and a M.A.  in Global Media & Transnational Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London.



  • Global Urban Studies Program