Schiappa is a Visiting Professor for 2012-13
Three from Taiwan-USA Sister Relations Alliance are Visiting Scholars


Welcome to a superb group of scholars

The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences is pleased to present four visitors for the 2012-2013 academic year. Edward Schiappa arrives from the University of Minnesota as a Visiting Professor. Lee, Lin, and Tsai come to the School as part of the Taiwan-USA Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA). All four scholars bring diverse backgrounds and vast knowledge in their fields: syntax and semantics of Sinitic languages; comparative study of voting behavior in the United States, Japan and Taiwan; applied micro-economics; and classical rhetoric. We are very fortunate to have these excellent scholars join the School community.  


Visiting Professor, 2012-2013


Edward Schiappa

Comparative Media Studies

Visiting from the University of Minnesota, Edward Schiappa conducts research in argumentation, classical rhetoric, media influence, and contemporary rhetorical theory. His current research explores the scope and function of rhetorical studies, including the relationship between rhetorical theory and critical media studies. He has published 10 books and his research has appeared in such journals as Philosophy & Rhetoric, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Review, Argumentation, Communication Monographs, and Communication Theory. He was named a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar in 2009. He holds the Paul W. Frenzel Chair of Liberal Arts in the University of Minnesota's Department of Communications Studies. While at MIT he will be teaching courses in Comparative Media Studies and Writing.



Visiting Scholars, 2012-2013

Hui-chi Lee   

Linguistics & Philosophy

Hui-chi Lee is a visiting scholar in the Linguistics Department at MIT. She is also an Associate professor at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Her research focuses on syntax and semantics of Sinitic languages.



Ming-Jen Lin


Ming-Jen Lin obtained his Ph.D from University of Chicago in 2002, and is now a professor of Economics at National Taiwan University. He is a Freakonomics-style applied micro-economist interested in using economic tools and novel identification strategy to understand social phenomena. His research topic includes democracy and crime, unemployment and crime, the long run effect of low birth weight (on test score and crime), testing fetal origin hypothesis, and most notably, Hepatitis B and the case of missing women. His works appear in journals of several social science fields, including American Economic Review, Demography, Social Science Research, American Journal of Human Biology, and Social Science and Medicine.



Chia-hung Tsai

Political Science

Chia-hung Tsai earned his Ph.D. degree in political science from the Ohio State University in 2003. His dissertation is a comparative study of voting behavior in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. Since then, he has been doing research on public opinion, voting behavior, and methodology in the Election Study Center, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Professor Tsai's current projects include budget opinion and accountability, liberalization of Chinese print media, and internet surveys. He also teaches courses of statistics and public opinion. He is married to Yu-chi Huang and they expect to have their first child in the coming September.