I am Yen-Yu Lin, a sociology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the United States. Before coming to the U.S., I was trained in political science at National Taiwan University and Waseda University (Japan). My primary research interests are at the intersections of comparative-historical sociology, cultural sociology, and political sociology. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the relationship between material culture and systems of domination, and how this relationship historically affects the marginalized people. More specifically, my research keywords include: nationalism, (post)colonialism, gender & intersectionality, critical race theory in comparative perspective, material culture. My dissertation (started in fall 2020) will be a comparative-historical study on the visual representations of race and gender in colonial societies.

My previous research projects include (1) Confederate monuments and memory activism in Charlottesville, Virginia after the Summer of Hate in 2017; (2) Pacifist nationalism and commemoration of the defeat of WWII in post-1945 Japanese society. Both projects are about collective commemoration and historical reconciliation.

I have TA'ed for Criminology (SOC 2230) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 1010) at UVA. I have strong commitments to teaching difficult topics such as race, gender, and politics of representation from a comparative perspective.


  • I stand in solidarity with the minority groups in Charlottesville. If you are interested in educational resources for the youth in Charlottesville, please check out the website of Heyer Voices.

  • I am a co-founder of a student NGO "Ngasan Maku Study Society in Tokyo," which was founded during the Sunflower Movement in 2014. "Ngasan Maku" means "my home" in Atayal (one of the Taiwanese aboriginal languages). Welcome to visit our Facebook page and blog and see what the Taiwanese student activists have been doing in Tokyo.