I am a political scientist specializing in comparative politics and law & society, with a regional interest on East Asia. Currently, I am the holder of the Chiu Research Fellowship in Taiwan Studies at the Oregon State University. I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto and M.A. from the University of Chicago. I was also trained in law, with an LL.M from UC Berkeley and LL.B from National Taiwan University. I work in the interdisciplinary area between political science and law, focusing on the politics of legal actors and institutions in the various power settings.
My dissertation investigates the politics of the legal profession in the advancement and retreat of authoritarianism, using Hong Kong and Taiwan as two case studies. Specifically, I argue that the legal professions play both offense and defense during regime change. By comparing two jurisdictions experiencing fundamental power reconfiguration at the turn of the century, I explain why some lawyers are conservative, some liberal; and how the bar and bench collide and collaborate with external politics. To this end, I integrate extensive fieldwork (265+ interviews) and archival evidence with visualization techniques.
I publish in law reviews and social sciences journals. My recent work appears in Law & Policy and the Journal Asian Journal of Law and Society (the Best Graduate Student Article Award 2018). I have also published in UCLA Pacific Basin Law and University of Pennsylvania East Asian Law Review. My work in Chinese has been published in the Legal Aid and Society Review in Taiwan.
Between 2017 and 2019, I have been a short-term visiting fellow at the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore. In addition to my teaching duties at the University of Toronto, I also teach research methods at various institutions in Taiwan, including Academia Sinica (Central Research Institute), National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, and National Ciao Tung University. In Spring 2020, my graduate level course, Legal Profession, is taught at the Taipei Bar Association for law students and practitioners.
I publish my creative writing, commentaries and literary reviews in Chinese. My first book, “Women in Taipei,” explores political and gendered identity, and my second book, “Willing to Blossom,” records my life and thoughts living in the city of Taipei. I also lead a knowledge-sharing project, Dr. Storyteller, where academics and specialists introduces popular (social) sciences to interested citizens.