Yen-Yu Lin


I am a global and transnational sociologist using qualitative methods to study race, empires, and material culture. 

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I received my sociology Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (UVa). In August 2023, I started a new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at DePauw University

My general research interests are at the intersections of global and transnational sociology and comparative-historical sociology. My specific research keywords include material culture, empires, race, and intersectionality. I am particularly interested in the relationship between material culture and systems of domination and how this relationship historically affects marginalized people. 

I am working on a book project titled "Colors of Empire: Visualizing Race in Taiwan under Japanese Colonial Rule." My other working 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.

At DePauw, I teach Introduction to Sociology, Global and Transnational Sociology, and Sociology of Art.

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

Prior to my Ph.D. studies, I was trained in political science at National Taiwan University (Taiwan) and Waseda University (Japan).