Jean Yen-chun Lin holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology at University of Chicago). Her research focuses on social movements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and contemporary civil society development in China and Taiwan, with a particular interest in environmental and labor issue topics. Her dissertation project, The Dynamics of Grassroots Environmental Protests in China: State-Protest Leader Interactions and Movement Trajectories systematically investigates variations in social movement trajectories and state response in China. The research places emphasis on 1) understanding the social and political context of environmental behavior in China; 2) assessing the significance of the timing and order of movement strategies and how they shape movement development; 3) examining continuous state-protest interactions and the mechanisms behind why certain movement frames work. Altogether, Lin’s research aims to further scholarly understanding of trajectories of contentious protests in authoritarian countries. Other forthcoming works explore challenges in “state-shaped” international participation of Chinese NGOs, and the patterns of interactions between Chinese and Taiwanese NGOs at international level. She is also in the process of constructing a database for Chinese social movements. Lin holds a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from National Taiwan University and a MA degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago.