I'm a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University. I work across medical and environmental anthropology, the anthropology of technology and design, and Indigenous studies.

Novel practices of participatory and inclusionary design—calling for the involvement of elderly, rural, and Indigenous communities in the making of new technologies—are proliferating in liberal multicultural Taiwan. While these government policies promise to rectify Indigenous medical and agricultural inequalities, the scope of Indigenous dispossession in Taiwan far exceeds the solutions proposed by design thinking and population health. The seemingly progressive work of participatory and collaborative design obscures crucial differences between statistically-driven nation-building and true Indigenous self-determination—two different quests for “self-sufficiency”—in a politically precarious contemporary Taiwan, where questions of autonomy loom large. 

My ethnographic fieldwork—across Taiwan and China—has been supported by organizations like the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Princeton-Mellon Initiative, the Association for Asian Studies/Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, and the American Ethnological Society. I am the recipient of Princeton's annual Graduate Teaching Award, and for 2023-2024 I am also a Visiting Researcher at Academia Sinica's Institute of Ethnology.

Prior to graduate school, I earned my BA in Anthropology from Columbia University, for which I completed an ethnographic project in Shanghai.