Syaru Shirley Lin

Syaru Shirley Lin

Syaru Shirley Lin is Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. She also teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University in Beijing and National Chengchi University in Taipei.  Her book, Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Economic Policy, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016 and in Chinese in 2019.  Her current research project is focused on the challenges facing East Asian economies in the high-income trap.  Her commentaries frequently appear in both English and Chinese media. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College and earned her masters in international public affairs and Ph.D. in politics and public administration from the University of Hong Kong.  

Previously, she was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where she led the firm’s private equity and venture capital efforts in Asia.  She spearheaded the firm’s investments in many technology start-ups and was a founding board member of the Alibaba Group and the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation.  She also specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises in China and Singapore. Prof. Lin currently serves on the boards of Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments, Mercuries Life Insurance and advises Crestview Partners, a New York-based private equity fund. She is also a director of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, a non-profit foundation supporting the development of new therapeutic medical technology, and was appointed by the Hong Kong government a member of the Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation.


Theories of International Political Economy
Taiwan’s China Dilemma
The High Income Trap in East Asia



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A.B. Harvard College
M.A. and Ph.D. The University of Hong Kong



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Syaru Shirley Lin is currently a Compton Visiting Professor of World Politics at Miller Center of Public Affairs