Le Lin, Faculty, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Le Lin

Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 212
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8451
Email: lelin@hawaii.edu


I grew up in a state-owned Chinese hospital campus where my parents and other physicians lived in employer-provided housing, and I witnessed how medical services transformed from socialist public goods into highly marketized arrangements. After college graduation, I worked as a teacher and manager at one of the world’s largest education corporations for four years. I experienced first-hand how for-profit education spawned new organizational forms, changed the way teachers worked and exerted tremendous impact on social inequality. In short, my childhood and work experience have sparkled my curiosity in understanding how and why education and healthcare privatized, marketized and financialized in the last few decades in China, the U.S. and around the world.


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Chicago, 2017
  • MA, Sociology, University of Chicago, 2012
  • MA, Education (Teachers College), Columbia University, 2009
  • BA, Economics (with Honors), Zhejiang University, 2003


  • SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 356: Sociology of China
  • SOC 419: Analysis in Formal Organizations
  • SOC 609: Seminar Qualitative Research
  • SOC 720: Comparative Study of East Asia


My research centers on organizational/institutional change, work/employment and economic sociology, especially where these three areas intersect with education and healthcare in China, the U.S. and transnational context. Employing sociological insight and mixed methods, I study schools, universities and hospitals as organizations, and teachers, professors and physicians as occupations. My recent research projects investigate four broad processes—the privatization, marketization, financialization and internationalization of education and healthcare in the last few decades—in order to better understand institutional change and organizational transformation. I am also examining these four processes to uncover patterns in the changing labor-management interactions and work-family relations.