I am a third-year doctoral student in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests focus on higher education, student choices, and social mobility. In particular, I explore Taiwanese high school graduates’ college decision-making processes. Taiwanese college admission processes consist of quantified indicators such as scores, weighting scales, and ranking. Each of which serves to exclude or include applicants. I examine how students use their exam scores to predict their futures and develop score-bounded dreams, and how these processes are driven by fears of downward mobility and by desires of upward mobility.
Before coming to Madison, I spent five years doing school ethnography in an alternative school in Taiwan. I explored how the young utilize their power through self-governed institutions. Data collected in the student court and in the student council were explored to uncover the dynamics between regulation and freedom within the school. I turned the story into my first book, Let The Timber Crook: An Alternative School’s Utopia for Coming Generations, which was named one of the ten most influential books of 2016 by China Times.
Besides being a Ph.D. student and an author, I have also worked in the Taiwanese Congress as an educational specialist. In 2016, I was selected as a Fulbright scholar to start my research in the United States.
You could view my CV_Feb 2019_RF here