Ling Han

Ling Han

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford PACS

Ling Han holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She studies the role of voluntary organizations in civic life under different social and political conditions. Her research interests include nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NPOs and NGOs), gender, innovation, emotions, and professions. Ling’s book project examines the unintended consequences of local governance reform through the lens of the professionalization of community service provision, focusing on the social work profession and social service innovations in urban China. The project brings together the fields of state-society relations, culture, and professions to understand the role of emotions in local governance. She also writes about civic engagement in the U.S. Chinese immigrant community and has published works on how disasters, transnational ties, religious orientation, and gender influence voluntarism. Her new project compares the institutions, organizations, and actors that drive social entrepreneurship and social innovation in Asia with a special focus on gender and entrepreneurship. She has previously worked for women’s and gender-advocacy groups and research centers in Taiwan and China. Ling received a M.A. in China Studies and Sociology from National Tsinghua University in Taiwan and a B.A. degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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