Yao Lin

Yao Lin

Yao Lin (林垚) is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai, and was previously a Global Perspectives on Society Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he had taught and researched at a variety of institutions including Columbia University, Yale University, City University of Hong Kong, and Beijing Normal University. His research and teaching range over philosophy, political theory, comparative politics, and law, and he has written extensively in those areas for both academic and non-academic audiences, especially on applied ethics, liberalism, democratic theory, feminism, American politics, and Chinese politics. More information on Professor Lin’s research, writing, teaching and other activities can be found on his website.


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  • JD, Law
    Law School, Yale University (2021)

  • PhD, Political Theory & Comparative Politics
    Political Science Department, Columbia University (2016)

  • MA, Philosophy
    Philosophy Department, Peking University (2007)

  • BSc, Biology
    School of Life Sciences, Peking University (2004)

Research Interests

  • Normative theory (especially applied ethics, liberalism, democratic theory, feminism, decolonial theory, normative jurisprudence, and comparative moral and political philosophy)

  • Comparative politics (especially comparative political development, authoritarian politics, and populism)

  • American law and politics

  • Chinese politics and society

  • Metaphilosophy