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Dr Chengpang Lee
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Dr Chengpang LEE

Assistant Professor


Dr Chengpang Lee studied law and political science in college. After graduation, he worked at a community university to write a thesis on the development and history of the community-university movement in Taiwan. He earned his PhD from The University of Chicago in 2017 and has been awarded the postdoctoral fellowship on China public policy at the Ash Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. Between 2018-2021, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at National University of Singapore. He was also a Research Fellow at the Asian Centre for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise.


Dr Lee moved to Hong Kong to start a new position at APSS in 2021. His works on comparative politics and religious change in East Asia have been awarded several awards and appeared in journals, such as American Journal of Sociology, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Historical Sociology, China Information, Voluntas, Social Movement Studies, among others.


Dr Lee is conducting research in the following areas: 1) Critical public health & medicine: In this line of research, he collaborated with several renowned scholars in Taiwan and China to study the transformation of the public health system. 2) Academic dependency: He collaborated with scholars to examine the dependency situation, mainly in social science, in Asia.


Dr Lee’s current book script examines Tzu-Chi, one of Asia's most influential religious and philanthropist organisations, and the transformation of the medical regime in Taiwan. He is writing and preparing a book manuscript on social innovation in China.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • China Public Policy Postdoc, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
  • PhD, Sociology, The University of Chicago
  • MA, Social Science, The University of Chicago
  • MA, Sociology, National Tsing Hua University
  • LLM, National Taiwan University
  • BA, Political Science, National Taiwan University

Professional Qualifications

  • Google IT Support certificate
  • IBM Data Science Professional Certificate
  • IBM AI Engineering Professional Certificate

Research Interests

  • Critical public health & medicine
  • Aging society
  • Organization
  • Innovation
  • Computer science
  • Technology
  • History of higher education
  • Nonprofits

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