Assistant Professor of Global and Area Studies and Geography

Institutional Affiliation

University of Wyoming
Department of Global Area Studies
Department of Geography


Ph.D., Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University

Research Interests

Economic geography; global cities; East Asian development; geography and development; urban geography; social geography; urban planning; gender and cities

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
Cultural Studies; Gender; Government/Political Systems


Dr. Yi Ling Chen joined the Global & Area Studies Program and the Geography Department in Fall 2010. Prior to joining UW, she was a faculty member at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan from 2003 to 2010. She served as a consultant for local government and non-government organizations (NGOs) in Taiwan and has been actively participating in grassroots movements on women, environment and social housing in Taiwan. She has received six research grants from Taiwan's National Science Council.

Her research is about how disadvantaged groups or regions are affected by economic liberalization and political democratization in Taiwan. She is also interested in comparative urban studies in East Asia. She wrote book chapters in Globalizing Taipei (2005), Women and Housing: An International Analysis (2011), Locating Neoliberalism in East Asia (2012), and Housing East Asia: Socioeconomic and Demographic Challenges (2014). She has also published several journal articles on housing, gender, urban movements, and community development in Taiwan.

Selected Publications