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Yin-Zu Chen

Associate professor of sociology, National Taipei University

Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

Research Project: Biographical Consequences of Activism: A Case Study of Mexican Young Feminists

Research Interests: social movements, transnationalism, reproductive rights, collective identities and women’s studies


Yin-Zu Chen is an associate professor of sociology at National Taipei University. She holds a degree in social sciences and a doctorate in sociology from Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Her research hones in on national and transnational Latin American women’s movements, resulting from several of her fieldwork endeavors in Columbia, Chile, Peru and Mexico.

Specifically, Chen investigates the strategies, discourses and identities of young Mexican feminist movements since 2009. Her current research project analyzes the impacts of early political activism on women’s individual development and later in their lives. Through a follow-up study of young feminists from 2009 to 2015, she observed biographical changes in activists and examined the long-term influences of political ideologies and experiences learnt from their early political participation. The analysis focuses on three dimensions: arrangement of intimate relationships, work preferences and forms of further civil engagement. Chen’s current project is supported by the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology.