Hsuan-Yu Shane Lin

About me

Welcome! I am a Pre-doctoral Research Fellow in the Fairbank Center at Harvard University (2021-2022) and a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. I was a Fulbright fellow (2016-2017) and a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Democratic Statecraft Lab at the University of Virginia (2019-2021).


My research focuses on the influence of social media on public opinion about foreign policy, with a focus on the United States and Taiwan. Substantively, I utilize survey experiments to explore how political elites can take advantage of elite cues to compete with, even “manipulate”, peer cues in order to shape public opinion about foreign policy in their favor on social media.


My research is published in the Journal of Chinese Political Science. I received my M.A. and B.A. from the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University; My Master's thesis won the 2014 Best Master's Thesis in Political Science Award granted by the Taiwanese Political Science Association.