Research interests: political sociology, law and society, cultural sociology, economic sociology.
Ya-wen Lei is Assistant Professor of Sociology, having previously been a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Professor Lei grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, graduating from her undergraduate studies at the National Taiwan University. Trained in both law and sociology, she holds a J.S.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.
With its diverse mix of historical-comparative, qualitative, and quantitative methods, Professor Lei’s research lies at the intersection of political sociology, law and society, cultural sociology, and economic sociology.