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Dr Isabelle Cheng

Senior Lecturer

Isabelle Cheng


I obtained my doctoral degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of University of London. I taught at School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) of University of Sheffield between February and June 2012. I am currently the Secretary-General of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). I am a Research Associate of the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS. I am also on the Advisory Board of the European Reserch Centre for Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at the University of Tubingen, Germany. 

Research Interests

My doctoral research is entitled ‘the Becoming of Immigrants from Outsiders to In-Betweens: the National Identity of Immigrant Women in Taiwan’. Using Taiwan as a case study and taking a gender approach, my research focuses on migration in East Asia and and the Cold War in East Asia. My current projects focus on immigrants' political participation, female immigrant activists as female charisma, migrant women's pregnancy and maternity, and women propaganda announcers and radio hosts during the Cold War.    

Research Clusters

  • Citizenship, 'Race' and Belonging
  • Transnational Politics and Society
  • Women’s and Gender Study

Discipline Areas

  • Migration Studies
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Gender Studies
  • Taiwan Studies

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