James Lin

Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
James Lin



James Lin is a historian of Taiwan and its interactions with the world in the 20th century. His research examines international agrarian development, beginning with rural reform and agricultural science in China and Taiwan from the early 20th century through the postwar era, then its subsequent re-imagining during Taiwanese development missions to Africa, Asia, and Latin America from the 1950s onward. James Lin is the first faculty to be hired as part of the Jackson School’s new Taiwan Studies Program, which is a joint project involving the UW, the Taiwan Government and an anonymous private donor.


  • University of California, Berkeley, CA, Ph.D. in History, 2017
  • Columbia University - New York, NY, M.A., History, 2010
  • University of California, Berkeley, CA, B.A., History, with High Honors, 2007