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 The Department of Sociology at National Taiwan University (NTU) is the top-ranking institute for sociological education and research in Taiwan. With a history that spans half a century, the Department is home to an internationally renowned scholarship that leads the country in producing analyses with a comparative, regional, and Taiwanese focus.

The work of the faculty is diverse both in terms of the substantive research areas and methodological approaches. The Department’s expertise in a variety of theories, methods, and empirical research is unparalleled in the Chinese-speaking world. Our faculty are noted for their contributions to the fields of international migration, medical technology, welfare state, social movements, labour market, industry, education, political and economic development, consumption, gender studies, digital games, Confucian, Marxist and Weberian thought, folk religion, and East Asian middle classes.

Collaborating with the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica, the Department edits and publishes Taiwanese Sociology—one of the premier sociological journals in the Chinese-speaking world. Our faculty also serve on the editorial board of the international journal of East Asian Science, Technology, and Society. Our strengths in research and teaching are continually attested by our receipt of some of academia’s most prestigious awards. We have received National Science Council Distinguished Research Awards, National Taiwan University Outstanding Instructor Awards, and Academia Sinica Young Scholar Awards. Our faculty have also achieved international book awards from the American Sociological Association and Holland’s International Institute for Asian Studies.

Our academic reputation is matched by our extensive public commitment. Many of our scholars have been active since the heyday of Taiwan’s democratization movement, and continue to be involved in women’s movement groups, labour and environmental organisations, as well as providing advice to policymakers. Of note, our first-ever programme for civic engagement in the public sphere, which draws citizens together to deliberate public issues, has been influential in government policymaking.

But above all, Taiwan’s position at the crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures, Northeast and Southeast Asia, and its distinct experiences as a newly democratised and industrialised country — with all its dynamism in social, political and economic life — have been a source of much intellectual ferment. The country’s exceptionally diverse environment, coupled with our world-class training, has moulded the uniquely global, regional, and local perspectives that our Sociology Department is so famous for.