I am a political scientist specializing in comparative judicial politics and law & society, with a regional interest in East Asia. Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar, I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto and an LL.M. from UC Berkeley. My research focuses on the politics of the legal profession in various power setting, particularly the role lawyers serve in transitional contexts. In fall 2022, I joined the Department of Policy and Public Administration at National Chi Nan University in Nantou, Taiwan, where I teach constitutional law, administrative law, and introductory courses to political science.
My work publishes in both law reviews and social sciences journals, including Law & Policy, the Asian Journal of Law & Society, UCLA Pacific Basin Law, and the University of Pennsylvania East Asian Law Review. My most recent work in Chinese appears in the Journal of Social Sciences and Philosophy, an interdisciplinary journal by Academia Sinica. My scholarship is also included in a number of edited collections in the law & society genre, including the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Judicial Behaviour (Oxford University Press), the Handbook on Law, Movement and Social Change (Edward Elgar Publishing), Lawyers in 21st-century Societies (Bloomsbury), and the Role of Lawyers in Access to Justice (Cambridge University Press).
Prior to my post at NCNU, I was a post-doc fellow at the Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Technology and Science, and the holder of the Chiu Research Fellowship in Taiwan Studies at the Oregon State University. 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 have also taught at a number of academic and professional institutions in Taiwan, including National Tsing Hua University (political science) and National Ciao Tung University (law), and a graduate course endorsed by the Taipei Bar Association. I have also led workshops on research methods in Academia Sinica (law), National Taiwan University (law and political science), National Taiwan Normal University (history), and National Cheng Kung University (law).
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. My third book, “Living the Pandemic,” investigates how my writing and body revived under the pressing circumstances in the years of Covid-19. I also lead a knowledge-sharing project, Dr. Storyteller, where academics and specialists introduces popular (social) sciences to interested citizens.
I am also a yoga practitioner, a cat lover, and a happy mother of a newborn son.