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 (Taiwan) and Waseda University (Japan). My broad research interest is the relationship between material culture and systems of domination, and how this relationship historically affects marginalized people. My research keywords include material culture, (post)colonialism, gender & intersectionality, critical race theory, global and transnational sociology. My dissertation is a comparative-historical study on the visual representations of race and gender in the Japanese Empire.

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 commemorative culture and historical reparations.

I have TA'ed for Criminology (SOC 2230) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 1010) at UVA. I am committed to teaching difficult topics such as class, race, and gender from a comparative perspective.


  • I will serve as the Program Director of North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) from the academic year of 2021 to 2022.

  • 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.