James Lin is a historian of Taiwan and its interactions with the world in the 20th century. His research examines international agrarian development, beginning with rural reform and agricultural science in China and Taiwan from the early 20th century through the postwar era, then its subsequent re-imagining during Taiwanese development missions to Africa, Asia, and Latin America from the 1950s onward. James Lin is the first faculty to be hired as part of the Jackson School’s new Taiwan Studies Program, which is a joint project involving the UW, the Taiwan Government and an anonymous private donor.
- 2019. “Martyrs of Development: Taiwanese Agrarian Development and the Republic of Vietnam, 1959–1975.” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (e-journal) 33: 53–83. https://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/e-journal/issue-33/lin. Download PDF (949.04 KB)
- “Sowing Seeds and Knowledge: Agricultural Development in the US, Taiwan, and the World, 1949-1975,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS) 9 (June 2015): 127-149. https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-2872116.