2006-2007 Research Fellows

Ling-Hwei Kuo
Professor, Department of Law, National Taipei University, Taiwan


Ling-Hwei Kuo is one of the leading scholars in the fields of gender law and labor law in Taiwan. She has been involved in the research of gender law and labor laws since graduate study in Germany (Ph.D. 1992), and now she is a professor at the National Taipei University. A prolific author of articles and books on the regulation and reform of gender equality, she served as the third-term President of the Society of Labor Law of Taiwan and the Chairman of the Department of Judicial Studies of the National Taipei University between 2003 and 2005. She also drafted the Taiwanese Gender Equality in Employment Act which came into force in 2000, and served as the member of the Women's Rights Promotion Committee of Executive Yuan in Taiwan.

Professor Kuo is currently funded by a Fulbright Award, and is working on a comparative study on gender equality employment laws and regulations in Taiwan and the U.S.A. She intends to study the foundation, rationale and spirit of U.S. gender laws and regulations, and is also interested in examining the mechanism of enforcement and related training and public outreach programs. She will also look into compliance strategies by employers in various sectors of society, especially how employees create a home-work balance and the company's facilitation of this.

Professor Kuo will be at the Clayman Institute from August 2006 to February 2007. She hopes to contribute to the Institute's studies of the workplace during her time as a visiting Research Fellow. She can be reached at lkuo1 @ stanford.edu.

Vivian Lagesen


Postdoctoral researcher, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway


Vivian A. Lagesen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is a sociologist, with a Ph. D. in interdisciplinary studies of culture, having specialized in science and technology studies and gender studies. Her dissertation, "Extreme makeover? The making of gender and computer science" is a study of women computer science students in Norway and Malaysia, and focus on different inclusion strategies to recruit more women to computer science. Two articles from this study are forthcoming in Social Studies of Science and Science, Technology and Human Values. Her current research project is a study of learning and occupational culture among knowledge workers in software companies in Norway, Malaysia and the US (California). An important idea in this project is to study working conditions and career opportunities among men and women employees. The study pursues gender in relation to three main topics: 1) Occupational culture and its significance for career and personal growth, 2) learning opportunities and learning strategies, and 3) how the employees experience their home-work balance and the company's way of facilitating this. The analysis is inspired by science and technology studies, actor-network theory in particular, as well as gender studies.

Dr Lagesen will be at the Clayman Institute from November 2006 to April 2007. She will be undertaking research on gender issues in the computer science industry, and will be consulting on the Institute's study of women in technical roles in Silicon Valley.

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