I'm a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University, with additional certificates in the History of Science & Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Experimental design movements—calling for the participation of minoritized and marginalized communities in the making of new technologies—are booming in Taiwan and China. These practices of inclusion are transforming fields as far-flung as healthcare, environmental remediation, and Indigenous politics. While certainly a governance strategy, "participatory design" policies are also entering into complex relationships with locally inflected notions of collectivity, democracy, and self-governance in both countries. Through ethnographic and historical approaches, I work with local communities to produce comparative theoretical insights challenging binaristic cross-strait analyses of the region.
My research 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.
Aside from my research and writing, I'm also an editor: I am the co-editor of the Society for East Asian Anthropology's section of Anthropology News. In addition I currently contribute editorial work for the journal American Anthropologist's Public Anthropologies section and for the American Ethnological Society.
Prior to graduate school, I earned my BA in Anthropology from Columbia University, for which I completed an ethnographic project in Shanghai.