In 2011, I received my Ph. D in Political Science at Texas A&M University and joined the faculty at University of Houston. My research interests include the political economy of inequality, redistribution and healthcare. I am interested in four interrelated research areas: (1) the political and institutional factors that affect socially marginalized groups’ welfare participation; (2) the political economy of welfare generosity and welfare solidarity; (3) the mix of government and market forces that affect inequality and social service delivery; and (4) the political and policy determinants of social disparities in health. I offer courses on the politics of inequality and redistribution, social welfare policy, and quantitative policy analysis. My previous research has appeared or is forthcoming in American Journal of Political ScienceAmerican Journal of Public Health, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Public Administration.

Contact Information
Email:  lzhu4@central.uh.edu
Office: (713)-7432649
Fax:    (713)-7433927
Mail:   436 Philip G. Hoffman Hall,
          University of Houston, Houston
          TX 77204-3011