Neil Gong is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at UCLA. He has been a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2012-2017) and Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong (2009-10).
Neil's dissertation and book project, Mind and Matter (contract with UChicago Press), examines inequality in community-based mental health care by contrasting public safety net and private psychiatric services. As a methodologist, he is concerned with the potential and limitations of comparative field research. To this end, he is co-editing (with Corey Abramson of the University of Arizona) a volume entitled Beyond the Case: The Logic and Practice of Comparative Ethnography (under contract with Oxford University Press). Neil used to spend his weekends fighting in a "no-rules" combat club until he drained the fun out of his hobby by studying it academically. Peer-reviewed articles from these projects appear in Theory and Society , Social Problems, and Ethnography.