College of Social SciencesUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Sociology



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Le Lin

Le Lin

Assistant Professor


B.A. Zhejiang University, 2003
M.A. Columbia University, 2009
M.A. University of Chicago, 2012
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2017

My interests include economic and organizational sociology, professions, education, medical sociology, knowledge and culture change, focusing especially on how these topics unfold in modern and contemporary Chinese society.

Through examining how China’s education and training and other similar industries grew out of state restrictions and ambiguity, my dissertation unravels puzzles of market transition and organizational innovation. This dissertation also proposes novel trajectories of how China’s market capitalism emerges, how it co-evolves with the state and how it shapes formerly socialist public goods such as education and medicine.

Recently I have also been working on the politics and discourse in China’s higher education reform in the early 2000s, and the socio-political dynamics behind the Chinese translation of Western political terms through Japanese in the late 19th and early 20th century.