Yu-Li Wang

Email: ywang735@wisc.edu

Advisors: Cindy I-Fen Cheng and Charles Kim
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Yu-Li Wang


I am a fourth-year graduate student working on the transnational history of Taiwan. My primary research interests revolve around how people form their sense of identity and I explore such fluid formations through cultural productions. Specifically, my research aims at unpacking what Taiwan and Taiwanese mean in different temporal and spatial contexts. Thinking about the circulating memories of the 1947 2/28 Incident and from there to explore what “Taiwanese” means and how it gets unsettled in Taiwanese America, my M.A. thesis seeks to bring to the fore Taiwan’s decolonial struggle.

Love and support from my professors, colleagues, students, the History Department, and communities off campus have made everything challenging a wonderfully rewarding experience. I see Madison as a place where my brain grows and my heart finds peace and joy. When I am not reading or writing, I am most likely puppeteering with a group of good friends, two big doggies plus a cat!


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., National Taiwan University (Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2010-2015)


  • Individual Plan of Study; U.S./North American History; East Asian History

MA Title

  • “An Inconclusive Search for ‘Taiwanese’: The Transnational Remembrance of the 2/28 Incident and the Formation of Taiwanese Identity, 1947-2017”


  • Guest Coach Program, the Office of Academic Services in coordination with the UW Women’s Basketball, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
  • Graduate School Fellowship ($20,304 for 9 months), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016-17
  • Wisconsin-Madison, 2016-17Academic Excellence Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 102 -The History of the United States Since the Civil War (Fall 2017)
  • History/AAS 160 – Asian American History: Movement and Dislocation (Spring 2018)
  • History 221 – Food Histories from Farm to Table (Fall 2019)
  • History 505 – History at Work (Spring 2019)