I am a Sociology PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine. My research primarily centers on the intersection of cultural-political globalization (from the perspective of Sociological Neoinstitutionalism), social movement, and sociology of law; and my work most often focuses on the Taiwanese and Chinese societies. My current research projects include comparative research and single country study of environmental NGOs, global norm diffusion and family change, and the media representation of Chinese criminal procedural reform. You can find elaboration of my research projects in the RESEARCH section (add hyperlink) of this website.

My academic and occupational background informs her research. I double-majored in Law and Sociology in National Taiwan University and worked in Awakening Foundation, a feminist organization seeking gender equality via political and legal reforms in Taiwan. I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Science at University of Chicago in 2009 with a master thesis on the role of legal professionals in Taiwan's sex rights movement against the criminal regulation of “obscene material”. I also had the great fortune to assist the NSF-funded project "Lawyers and the Pursuit of Basic Legal Rights: Criminal Defense in China" under the supervision of Professor Sida Liu between 2009 and 2010. 

I received several academic awards, including a 6-year Social Science Tuition Fellowship from University of California, Irvine, and a 2-year Study Abroad Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. I volunteer at the North American Taiwan Studies Association as their program committee member and the LGBT mentor program at the UC-Irvine counseling center.  

When I am not doing research, I engage in LGBT community service and write for Queerology, a collaborative blog discussing LGBT-related issues. I also like to attend live Jazz events and spinning classes.

Cheng-Tong Lir Wang


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