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I study political economy issues and social policy development in the developing world. The main research agenda of interest is to understand the demand side politics of how young democracies create social protection regimes for their citizens, the majority of whom have job insecurity and income instability.
My dissertation lays the foundation for future works and argues that in developing states, income instability truncates individual time horizons, thereby incentivizing citizens to stabilize their present income flows at the cost of foregoing participation in social insurance that protects them against risks in the future. To learn more about my dissertation, please see here.
I also have several collaborative research projects that examine political attitudes and behaviors across Asian countries. Topics include trade preference and nationalism, labor market transformation and political attitudes, etc. To learn more about other research projects, please see here.
I am currently holding a pre/post-doctoral position at Denison University (OH). I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science at The Ohio State University (degree will be conferred in December 2018). In 2016-17, I was selected as the Chiang Ching-Kuo Doctoral Dissertation Fellow in the North America region. I hold an MA in East Asia Studies from Yale University, an MA in Political Science from National Taiwan University, and BA degrees in Economics and Political Science (double major) from National Taiwan University.