I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.
My research delves into the experiences of marginalized individuals and groups affected by state violence. I am particularly interested in cultural sociology, economic sociology, law and society, and transitional justice in East Asia and beyond, and I am trained in comparative-historical and ethnographic methods. I am deeply interested in understanding how communities aggrieved by state violence engage with the state authorities to address past injustices, all through a sociological lens.
My dissertation examines the intricate dynamics of redress movements related to historical grievances, with a focus on the relationship between monetary compensation and the construction of victim identity. I examine the under-explored historical grievance experiences of East Asia, particularly Taiwan and South Korea. Drawing from intensive fieldwork conducted in both Taiwan and South Korea between 2021 and 2023, my comparative analysis seeks to elucidate the differing reactions to similar reparations initiatives among victims of historical injustices.