Jean Y.C. Lin, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

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Jean  Y.C.  Lin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

My research and teaching center on social movements, community organizations, and civic
participation. My new book, “A Spark in the Smokestacks: Environmental
Organizing in Beijing Middle-class Communities” looks at how homeownership among the
rising middle-class since the early 2000s cultivated new urban spaces for community
participation and collective action organizing against environmental threats in Beijing, depicting
community-based associational life in an authoritarian regime.

I'm also the part of the Stanford Civic Life of Cities Lab (CLC), which explores how nonprofit organizations contribute to their local communities. I serve as the PI for the Taipei Team, which launched in June 2019. I also co-created and co-lead the Civic Life of Cities under COVID-19 project in March 2020, which traces 800 nonprofits across six US regions and their responses to the pandemic.

I have also published on topics related to environmental protests, labor movements and leadership, and international non-governmental organizations.

Social Movements, Political Sociology, Comparative Sociology, Nonprofit Organizations, Leadership, Environment, Labor, Mixed Methods

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago
  • M.A., International Relations, University of Chicago

Not teaching this semester.


Lin, J.Y. 2023. A Spark in the Smokestacks: Environmental Organizing in Beijing Middle-Class Communities. New York: Columbia University Press.

Kallman, M., Clark, T., Wu, C., and Lin, J.Y. 2016. The Third Sector: Community Organizations, NGOs, and Nonprofits. Urbana, Chicago; Springfield: University of Illinois Press. 

Op-Eds/Writing for the Public

Horvath, A. and Lin, J.Y. 2022.“Statement for the Record, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Hearing on Examining Charitable Giving and Trends in the Nonprofit Sector.” (March 17).

Horvath, A. and Lin, J.Y. 2020. “How Civic Organizations Are Helping to Fight COVID-19.” Boston Review (with acknowledgement to CSUEB undergraduate student Sujin Rhim).

Articles in Books and Edited Volumes

Lin, J.Y. 2015. “Turning Points in an Authoritarian Context: State-Leader Interactions in Environmental Protests in China.” Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China. Edited by Hanspeter Kriesi. Ashgate (Invited).

Lin, J.Y. 2011. “Global Comparisons of the Third Sector and Tools for National Policy-Making.” Pp. 317-323. In On the Development of Community Social Organizations: Experiences from China and Abroad, Chinese Social Sciences Press. 2011 (In Chinese).

Book Contributions

Market-Oriented Reforms of the Welfare State and Union Responses in South Korea and Taiwan.” When Solidarity Works: Labor-Civic Networks and the Politics of Welfare States in Developing Countries. October 2016. Cambridge University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Lin, T and Lin, J.Y. (equal authorship) 2017. “Taiwan’s Foreign Aid in Transition: From ODA to Civil Society Approaches.” Japanese Journal of Political Science, v.18(4), 1-22.

Lin, T and Lin, J.Y. (equal authorship) 2007. “The Environmental Civil Society and the Transformation of State-Society Relations in China: Building a Tri-Level Analytical Framework.” Pacific Focus, v.22, no.2 (September 2007), 113–140.

 Lin, J.Y. 2010. “The New Political Culture and Environmental Protests in China: A Case Study on the Xiamen Chemical Factory Protest”, NGO and Global Governance (Taiwan), v.1, no.1 (January), 137-169.

 Lin, J.Y. 2007. “Ecological Protests and the Emergence of Environmental Movements in China: A Theoretical Analysis”, Journal of NGOs (Taiwan), v.1, no. 2 (March 2007), pp.123-149.

Book Reviews

Lin, J.Y. 2019. Review of Contesting Cyberspace in China: Online Expression and Authoritarian Resilience by Rongbin Han. Mobilization 24(1): 119-121

Lin, J.Y. 2013. Review of Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China by Xi Chen. Mobilization 17(4): 490-491.