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 collective action, and how this relationship systematically and historically affects the powerless people in diverse societies. More specifically, my research keywords include: nationalism, postcolonialism, gender & intersectionality, critical race theory in comparative perspective, politics of representation, material culture, collective action.

My dissertation (started in fall 2020) is a comparative-historical study that revisits the Du Boisian concept, the global color line, as a critique of modernity. Building upon the Du Boisian concept of global color line, I ask two questions: First, how “global” is the global color line? Second, how “gendered” is the global color line? My theoretical contribution anchors in two postcolonial societies from the "Global South" as an application as well as an extension of the global color line.

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 commemoration, collective action, and historical reconciliation.

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 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.