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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.
Specifically, my dissertation looks at why social insurance (e.g., pension) garners less support in developing countries. I argue that the success of social insurance depends on income stability, which is a model more appropriate for developed countries than the contemporary Global South. The developing world is defined by income instability, which truncates individual time horizons. Consequently, citizens of the developing world are incentivized to stabilize their present income flows at the cost of foregoing participation in social insurance, even though it would protect them against future risks. The dissertation was selected as the Honorable Mention for the 2019 John Heinz Dissertation Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance. 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 will be Assistant Professor of Government Department at Franklin and Marshall College starting in the Fall of 2019. I hold a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University. 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.