Yun-Shiuan’s academic interests pertain to social and cultural studies of education, in particular problems on globalization, postcolonialism, international students, education inequity, inter-cultural dialog, and the state’s role and policies in this regard. Her current research projects in the NAER are investigating native language education policy. She has also received funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology to conduct research critically analyzing Taiwan government policies for overseas study, and the impact of such policies on the policy beneficiaries.
Yun-Shiuan obtained her PhD in educational policy studies with an emphasis on global studies in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Before pursuing her PhD, she worked as a Cultural Officer in the Ministry of Education and in the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.
She enjoys hiking and reading and is concerned about sociocultural problems. Yun-Shiuan attempts to maintain a balance between work, life, and family. She believes that the personal is political. The research problems selected and considered by researchers are inevitably related to their individual life experience. Researchers constantly and critically reflect on these connections to understand the potential and limits of the research problems they undertake and eventually become ethical researchers.