I am Yen-Yu Lin (林彥瑜), a sociology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the United States. I was trained in political science, having earned my dual bachelor's degree at National Taiwan University and Waseda University (Japan), and master’s degree at National Taiwan University. My research interests lie in comparative-historical sociology, cultural sociology, and political sociology. My current research project is about the visual representations of the global color line in postcolonial societies.

I have TA'ed for Criminology (SOC 2230) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 1010) at UVA. I have strong commitments in teaching difficult topics such as race, gender, and politics of differences.

My other recent research projects include: (1) Confederate monuments and Memory Activism in Charlottesville, VA after August 12, 2017; (2) Pacifist Nationalism in post-WWII Japan.


  • 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 (拿山瑪谷東京讀書會)," 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.