Yi-Lin Chiang

Yi-Lin Chiang
Assistant Professor of Sociology, NYU Shanghai

Yi-Lin Chiang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at NYU Shanghai. Before joining NYU Shanghai, she was Assistant Professor of Sociology at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Chiang’s research focuses on educational stratification and intergenerational status transmission in greater China. Her ethnographic work examines the processes and outcomes of elite status transmission. In other lines of research, she uses Taiwanese panel data to explore how schools and families contribute to educational inequality. Her book, Study Gods (Princeton University Press), received the Pierre Bourdieu Award for the Best Book in Sociology of Education from the Sociology of Education section of the American Sociological Association.


Select Publications

  • Chiang, Yi-Lin and Hyunjoon Park. 2023. "Three Decades of Educational Differentials in Attitude toward Divorce in Taiwan, 1985-2015." Asian Population Studies 19(1): 22–39.

  • Chiang, Yi-Lin. 2022. Study Gods: How the New Chinese Elite Prepare for Global Competition. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

  • Chiang, Yi-Lin. 2021. "Exams or Applications? Elite Taiwanese Students’ Perceptions and Navigation of College Admissions Systems.” The International Journal of Comparative Sociology 63(1-2):30-50.

  • Chiang, Yi-Lin. 2018. “When Things Don't Go as Planned: Cultural Capital and Parental Strategies for Elite College Enrollment.” Comparative Education Review 62(4): 503-521.

  • Chiang, Yi-Lin and Hyunjoon Park. 2015. “Do Grandparents Matter? A Multi-generational Perspective on Educational Attainment in Taiwan.” Social Science Research 51: 163-173.



  • PhD, Sociology
    University of Pennsylvania

  • MA, Sociology
    University of Pennsylvania

  • MA, Social Sciences
    University of Chicago

  • BA, Anthropology
    National Taiwan University

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Education

  • Sociology of Family

  • Social Stratification

  • Elites

  • Chinese Societies