Yen-Yu Lin

Gregory L. Curl Jefferson Fellow
B.A. National Taiwan University (2014) with Honors
B.A. Waseda University (2015) with Honors
M.A. National Taiwan University (2017) with Honors
M.A. University of Virginia (2019) with Honors
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Yen-Yu’s dissertation, “Colorism without Colors? Visual Representations of Race and Gender in Colonial Taiwan,” investigates the practices of colorism by centering visual culture and gender as the two primary analytical axes. Looking into visual archives, particularly photographs and drawings, allows us to see “color” as a “thing” that possesses both material and symbolic dimensions. This dissertation uses a visual approach to debunk the embedded notions of colorism in the social world. Given that sociology is a discipline concerning the systems of domination and inequalities, this dissertation is an original stepstone for moving toward more visual social sciences, which is a productive and instructive direction that inspires creativity in approaches to social change.

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