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List of Professors on Global Advisory Program (GAP) - in alphabetical order by their last name

Daniel A. Bell is a professor of ethics and political philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His current interests are political meritocracy, the measurement of national harmony, and liberal arts education in an East Asian context. He writes widely on Chinese politics and philosophy for the media including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Global Times, and etc.  He also has been interviewed on CNN, CCTV, BBC, and CBC. 

Request: Anyone who is familiar with the case of South Korea regarding his current interests


Stephen Benard is an assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University. His interests are social psychology, organizational behavior, conflict and cooperation, gender, inequality, and social networks. His current projects include works on how reputation systems affect aggressive behavior as well as the role of power in negotiation, how external threats shape group processes, how stereotypes affect evaluations of workers in labor markets, and how beliefs about organizational culture affect inequality.

Request: Anyone who is familiar with experimental methods


Matt Bothner is a professor at ESMT European School of Management and Technology. His current research addresses the measurement and consequences of social status in several empirical settings, including venture capital, professional sports, and higher education. In addition, he has developed computational models both to better understand factors affecting the evolution of cumulative advantage and to clarify the optimal strategies for leading tournaments for peer recognition among scientists.


Mary Brinton is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and the Department Chair. Her research focus on gender inequality, education, labor markets, economic sociology, Japanese society, and comparative sociology. Her research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to study institutional change and its effects on individual action, particularly in labor markets and in education. She generally engages in primary data collection for her research projects, and has designed social surveys, interviews, and observational studies in Japan and Korea.


Youngjoo Cha is an assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. Her research interests are in gender, labor markets, social inequality, employment discrimination, and quantitative methods. Her current projects investigate how changes in the labor market, including the polarization of work hours, increased job mobility, and diffusion of nonstandard work arrangement (e.g. temporary work) and flexible work arrangement (e.g. flextime, telecommuting) influence gender inequality trends (e.g. gender gap in wages).

Request: Anyone who is familiar with quantitative data management & analysis for large-scale data


Hae Yeon Choo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research centers on gender, transnational migration, and citizenship. Her interest in using intersectional analysis empirically informs her articles in Sociological Theory and Gender & Society. She has also translated Patricia Hill Collinss Black Feminist Thought into Korean. Her current SSHRC-funded project examines the encounter between women refugee claimants and adjudicators at the site of refugee case law in Canada.

Request: Anyone interested in the areas of gender and/or migration & qualitative research skill


Kenneth Ferraro is a Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. His recent research focuses on health inequality over the life course. Current projects examine minority health, obesity and health, and the long term consequences of early adversity on later life. With interests in how stratification processes unfold over the life course, he has developed a theory for the study of human development, aging, and health: cumulative inequality theory. He is now engaged in further developing the theory and directing empirical research projects to test elements of it.


Thomas Gold is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California. His research focuses on many aspects of the societies of East Asia, primarily mainland China and Taiwan. In the largest sense, he examines the process of the emergence of the increasingly empowered and autonomous individual and a private sphere in societies which have combined traditional and modern forms of authoritarian rule. He explores this from many angles: youth and the life course; personal relations (guanxi, social capital), private business and entrepreneurship, popular culture, non-governmental organizations, and civil society.


Gilbert F. Grozman has retired from Princeton University and is now an editor of the Asian Forum. He explores national identities, especially in Japan and South Korea, to understand how they shape bilateral trust and evolving relations in the region. His work is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-social, while remaining grounded in the comparative enterprise that is Sociology.

Request: Currently no research projects


Michael Hsiao is a Professor of sociology in National Taiwan University (Taipei) and National Sun-Yat-Sen University (Kaoshiung), as well as Chair Professor of National Central University (Chung-Li). His interests are development, environmental sociology, comparative middle classes in Asia, civil society and social movements, and NPO/NGO/third sector studies.

Request: Anyone interested in comparative studies on middle class, civil society, and democracy in Taiwan and South Korea


Paul Hutchcroft is a Professor of Political and Social Change at ANU (Australian National University). His research interests are comparative politics and Southeast Asian politics including state formation, territorial politics, the politics of patronage, political reform and democratic quality, state-society relations, structures of governance, and corruption.


Hyung-A Kim
is an Associate Professor of Korea Politics and History at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Her areas of expertise are the following: Comparative Government and Politics, Studies of Asian Society, and Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific. Her research interests are Koreas contemporary politics and society, the role of the state and the power elite, and the politics of networking.



Jen-Der Lue is an Associate Professor of Social Welfare at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. He specializes in comparative political economy, comparative social policy, health politics and political sociology. He is currently working on the empirical studies of globalization and its impact on the recent development of welfare regimes in the four NICs: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea and in China.


Scott North
is a Professor of Sociology at Osaka University. His research interests are in the sociology of families and work, divisions of labor, and social movements and law.



Erik Ringmar is an Associate Professor of political science at Lund University, Sweden. He is working on two separate projects at the moment: the first deals with boredom, modernity and war, and the second is a comparative study of various non-European international systems.

Request: Anyone who has knowledge of Korean, Japanese and Chinese history, and who can read Chinese characaters


Yoshimichi Sato is a Professor of Human Studies at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University. His research interests are in social change, social stratification, and the application of game theory in sociology. Currently, he is working on social inequality, study of trust, and agent-based modeling.

Request: Anyone who has knowledge on statistical analysis, game theory or agent-based modeling


Kuo-Hsien Su is a Professor of Sociology at National Taiwan University. His research interests are sociology of organization, social stratification and social mobility, and social network. His recent projects are the following: 1) Marital Homogamy and Divorce in Taiwan, 2) Class Mobility in Taiwan: 1979 ? 2012, 3) Gender Tracking System and Occupational Sex Segregation: A Life Course Perspective, 4) Teaching Research Nexus: A Study of Faculty Time Allocation in Taiwan, and 5) Historical Rivalry in Competitive Dynamics: An Analysis of U.S. Airlines Industry.


Tony Tam is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of European and American Studies in Academia Sinica. His current projects are 1) Leveraging a large-sample of biosocial database from Taiwan to study fundamental issues of health inequality and social epidemiology, 2) Methodological issues in studying education as a positional good.

Request: Anyone who is fluent in written and spoken English, who has some experiences in handling complex large survey data, and who has a strong literacy in quantitative research (familiarity with jargon and statistical data analysis).


Linda Waite is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Center of Aging at NORC. Her research interests include social demography, aging, the family, health, working families, the link between biology, psychology and the social world. Her current research focus on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP).


Teo YouYenn is an Assistant Professor at University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests are state-society relations, the politics of welfare and family, poverty in Singapore, and the gender inequalities.


Kiyomitsu Yui is a Professor of Sociology at the Graduate school of Humanities at Kobe University. He is currently exploring the researches in basic sociological theory including globalization and social change, sociology of medicine, life and death and the body, and T.Parsons and contemporary social thought.


Chen Zhimin is a Professor of International Politics at Fudan University. His research interests cover international relations theory, diplomacy, Chinese foreign policy, and EU studies. His recent publications in Chinese include Foreign Policy Integration in the European Union: A mission impossible? and Subnational Governments and Foreign Affairs. Publications in English include Nationalism, Internationalism and Foreign Policy.