The Global Taiwan Institute is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 GTI Taiwan Scholarship program. The 2019 class of GTI scholars is comprised of outstanding researchers from the United States who will perform valuable Taiwan policy research ranging from aerospace technological innovation, urban redevelopment, to international diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. They will travel to Taiwan throughout 2019 to pursue the following new areas of research:
Columbia University Ph.D. Candidate Justin Canfil will research what aspects of legal frameworks are resilient to breakthrough technological innovation in naval, nuclear, aerospace, cyber, and space technologies.
University of Washington Professor Jeffrey Hou will research civic engagement and collaborative local governance in Taiwan. Among his case studies is Taipei’s Open Green Matching Fund for urban redevelopment, which is driven by the local community from the bottom-up in contrast to traditional top-down large-scale urban redevelopment projects.
Johns Hopkins University faculty member Dr. Christina Lai will assess China’s rise and China’s foreign relations in the Asia region, and particularly focus on the China-Taiwan-Hong Kong triangle.
University of California, Irvine Ph.D. student Lev Nachman will analyze “movement parties” which are formed when social movements combine with formal politics, such as the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan and the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.
Western Kentucky Professor Timothy Rich will examine the past, present, and future of diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. He plans to use a mix of interviews and public opinion surveys to explain why some countries maintain formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan over China.
Former US Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan, and current Foreign Policy Research Institute editor Thomas Shattuck will assess whether transitional justice in Taiwan is simply delayed or if it is denied.