Professional Activities

Grants, Honours and Awards

External Research Funding (Over $10,000)*

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant, 2021-2023

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant, 2019-2022

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2017-2021

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant (Co-Investigator w/J. Teets and O. Lewis), 2015-2018

  • Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund Grant, 2016-2017

  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Research Grant (Co-Investigator w/J. Teets and O. Lewis), 2016-2017

  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Research Grant (Co-Investigator w/J. Hsu and T. Hildebrandt), 2014-2015

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant (Co-Investigator w/J. Hsu), 2012-2015

  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Conference Grant (Co-Recipient w/J. Hsu), 2013

* Total Grant Funding: $748,639 (non-salaried amount)

Research Awards

  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Award, 2021

  • University of Alberta Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award (Full Professor Rank), 2021

  • University of Alberta Martha Cook Piper Research Prize for Impact on the Discipline (Nominee for the Faculty of Arts), 2019

  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) President’s Award for Non-Profit Research, 2015

  • University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Exemplary Diversity Scholar Award, 2013

  • University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Emerging Diversity Scholar Award, 2010

  • Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Poverty, Class and Inequality Division Paper Award, 2009

  • Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Law and Society Division Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Best Paper, 2009

  • European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes’ (EADI) Research Prize for Development Studies, 2007

  • Institute for Humane Studies Best Paper (Honourable Mention) on Debt Relief, 2005

Research Fellow and/or Affiliate

  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Toronto, Canada), 2016-2017

  • Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, University of Western Sydney (Sydney, Australia), 2010

  • Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK), 2012-2014

  • China Growth Centre, St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK), 2012-2015

  • China Household Ethnicity Survey Project, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing, China), 2012-2015

  • China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham (Nottingham, UK), 2016-2018

  • China Studies Centre, University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia), 2013-2016

  • Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK), 2013-2015

  • Oxford Analytica (Oxford, UK), 2013-2015, 2019-2021

  • Research Group on Religion, Ethnicity and Identity, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK), 2008

  • Taiwan Studies Project, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada), 2021-2022

Visiting Scholar

  • Academia Sinica (Taipei, ROC), Summer 2007

  • China Studies Centre, University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia), Summer 2014

  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing, China), Winter 2015

  • Department of Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China), Summer 2016

  • Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK), Summer 2019

  • Department of Sociology, Columbia University (New York City, USA), Summer 2015

  • Faculty of Philology, University of Silesia (Katowice, Poland), Spring 2022

Professional Dialogues Organized

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Management (since 2011)

  • American Political Science Association (since 2007)

    • Global Forum of Chinese Political Scientists, 2021

    • Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics Best Paper Award Committee, 2012-2013

  • American Sociological Association (since 2008)

    • Section on the Sociology of Development, 2013-2014

  • Association for Asian Studies (since 2009)

  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (since 2015)

    • Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly Best Article Award Committee, 2017

    • President’s Award Committee, 2021

    • Publications Committee, 2016-2018

  • Australian Sociological Association (since 2012)

  • British Sociological Association (since 2012)

  • Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (since 2006)

  • Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (since 2018)

  • Canadian International Council (formerly, Canadian Institute of International Affairs) (since 1998)

  • Canadian Political Science Association (since 2020)

    • Annual Conference Coordinator and Co-Organizer, 2021

    • Graduate Student Three Minutes Thesis Competition Organizer, 2021

    • International Political Science Association Council Representative, 2021

  • European Consortium for Political Research (since 2021)

  • International Chinese Sociological Association (formerly, North American Chinese Sociologist Association) (since 2013)

    • Conference Program Committee, 2017

    • Managing Board Member, 2015-2018

    • Student Paper Award Committee, 2016

  • International Political Science Association (since 2006)

    • Research Committee on Asia and Pacific Studies Board Member, 2016-2023

      • Secretary, 2018-2021

      • World Congress Co-Organizer, 2021

    • Research Committee on Politics and Ethnicity, 2006-2007

  • International Sociological Association (since 2006)

    • Research Committee on Alienation Theory, 2006-2009

    • Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy, 2014-2017

    • Research Committee on Sociology of Work, 2010-2013

  • Ontario Archaeological Society (since 1997)

  • Royal Institute of International Affairs (since 2003)

  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (since 2015)

  • Society for the Study of Social Problems (since 2009)

    • Alfred R. Lindesmith Award Committee (Chair), 2010

    • C. Wright Mills Award Committee, 2016

    • Joseph B. Gittler Award Committee, 2010, 2012, 2015

    • Lee Founders Award Committee, 2014

Reviewer and/or Editorial Board

  • Allen and Unwin [1]

  • American Journal of Sociology [1]

  • American Sociological Review [2]

  • Ashgate [1]

  • Asia Pacific Review [1]

  • Asian Perspective [1]

  • Asian Population Studies [1]

  • Asian Studies Review [3]

  • Australian Research Council (on Excellence in Research for Australia [ERA] Review Panel, 2012)

  • British Journal of Political Science [1]

  • Cambridge Review of International Affairs [1]

  • Cambridge University Press [2]

  • Canadian Ethnic Studies [2]

  • Central Asian Survey [1]

  • China: An International Journal [3]

  • China Economic Review [2]

  • China Information [3]

  • The China Journal [1]

  • China Journal of Social Work [2]

  • The China Quarterly [13]

  • The China Review [1]

  • Chinese Sociological Review [1]

  • Comparative Political Studies [2]

  • Conference Board of Canada [1]

  • Danish Council for Independent Research [1]

  • Demography [1]

  • Development and Change [1]

  • Development Policy Review [1]

  • East Asia: An International Quarterly [1]

  • Economic and Social Research Council UK [4]

  • Ethnic and Racial Studies [1]

  • Ethnicities [1]

  • Eurasian Geography and Economics [2]

  • Gender and Society [1]

  • Governance [9]

  • Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Powers [1]

  • Information, Communication and Society [1]

  • Interest Groups and Advocacy [2]

  • International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society [1]

  • International Political Science Review [11]

  • International Sociology [1]

  • International Studies Review [1]

  • Issues and Studies: A Social Science Quarterly on China, Taiwan and East Asian Affairs [1]

  • Journal of Chinese Governance [2]

  • Journal of Chinese Political Science [6]

  • Journal of Civil Society [4]

  • Journal of Contemporary Asia [1]

  • Journal of Contemporary China (on Editorial Board, 2017 - present)

  • Journal of Current Chinese Affairs [2]

  • Journal of East Asian Studies [1]

  • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies [1]

  • Journal of Intercultural Studies [1]

  • Journal of Social Policy [2]

  • Law and Society Review [1]

  • Modern China [1]

  • Nationalism and Ethnic Politics [1]

  • Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study [1]

  • Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly [5]

  • Oxford University Press [1]

  • Pacific Affairs [1]

  • Perspectives on Politics [1]

  • Policy Press [1]

  • Political Behavior [1]

  • Politics and Policy [1]

  • Public Performance and Management Review [1]

  • Research Grants Council of Hong Kong [13]

  • Routledge (Foundation Editor for Book Series on the Politics and Sociology of China, 2014 - present)

  • Scientific Reports [1]

  • Social Problems [1]

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (on Insight Development Grant Review Panel, 2020)

  • Social Science Research [2]

  • Sociology [2]

  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity [1]

  • Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (on Editorial Board, 2006-2012)

  • Third World Quarterly [3]

  • Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations [11]

  • Work, Employment and Society (on Editorial Board, 2012-2014)

  • World Development [4]

University Service

University of Alberta

China Institute

  • Academic Advisor, 2020-2022

  • Advisory Council, 2020-2022

Department of Political Science

  • Canadian Politics Field Committee, 2015-2019

  • Comparative Politics Field Committee, 2015 - present

  • Faculty Evaluation Committee, 2015-2016

  • International Relations Field Committee, 2015-2022

  • Ph.D. Program Requirements Committee (Chair), 2017

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Visiting Scholars Committee (Chair), 2018-2021

  • Speaker Series Coordinator, 2018-2019

Faculty of Arts

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2019-2022

    • Sub-Committee on Governance (Chair), 2019-2020

    • Sub-Committee on Data Management and Analysis, 2020-2021

    • Sub-Committee on Workforce Profile, 2021-2022

  • Research Committee, 2015-2017

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

  • Graduate Scholarship Committee, 2016-2022

University of Oxford

  • China Centre Management Committee, 2012-2015

  • Contemporary Chinese Studies Program Teaching Committee, 2012-2015

  • Department of Politics and International Relations D.Phil. Admissions Committee, 2014

  • School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies Research Methods Committee, 2013-2015

University of Melbourne

  • Department of Sociology Research Higher Degree Coordinator, 2011

  • Department of Sociology Undergraduate Academic Advisor, 2011-2012

  • School of Social and Political Sciences Research and Research Training Committee, 2011

  • School of Social and Political Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee, 2012

External

  • Department of Political Science, Tufts University, Tenure and Promotion External Assessor, 2021

  • Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, External Degree Assessor and Course Examiner, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University, Tenure and Promotion External Assessor, 2017