Ying-Chao Kao

Ying-Chao Kao, Ph.D. 高穎超博士

Assistant Professor

Research Faculty


Founders Hall, Room 214

Office hours: Wednesdays/Thursdays 7–8 p.m.

Sex and Gender




Globalization and Transnationalism


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Rutgers University—New Brunswick, 2018
  • M.A., Sociology, Rutgers University—New Brunswick, 2018
  • M.A., Sociology, National Taiwan University, 2006
  • B.A., Sociology (major) and Philosophy (minor), National Taiwan University, 2003

Research Interests

  • Sociologies of sexualities, sex and gender
  • Masculinities
  • Religion
  • Globalization and transnationalism
  • LGBTQ+ politics
  • Social movement studies
  • Global Asias
  • Queer Asias studies
  • Taiwan in the world studies
  • Global racial/ethnic politics
  • Transnational movement
  • Social justice

Select Publications


  • Sociology of Masculinities (SOCY 335)
  • Sociology of Sexualities (SOCY 353)
  • Sociology of Religion (SOCY 360)
  • Religions, Sexualities, and Global Inequalities (SOCY 452)
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory (SOCY 402, SOCY 502)
  • Sociology Senior Seminar (SOCY 406)


  • Burnside Watstein Award (LGBTQIA+ Community Contribution Award) at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019.
  • VCU First-Generation Student Office First-Generation Student Success Research Grant. Awarded project: “Identifying Needs and Supporting First-Gen, LGBTQ+ Students at VCU.” (PI: Dr. Yiwen Wei, Assistant Professor of Art Education; co- PIs: nicole marie killian, Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Dr. Ying-Chao Kao, Assistant Professor of Sociology). Jul 2022–Dec 2023.
  • Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwanese Overseas Pioneers Grants for New Scholars. 2019–2023. Awarded project: “Liquid Conservatism and ‘Hetero-Hegemony’: Transnational Religious Networks of Taiwanese ‘Pro-Family Movements’ and Their Inter-Asian/American Allies.” Mar 2019 – Feb 2023.
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), Joseph H. Fichter Research Grant. Awarded project: “Transnational Sex-Religious Network: A Mixed-Methods Study on U.S. and Taiwanese Christian Pro-Family Movements’ Cooperative Resistance against Marriage Equality.” 2017–2018.
  • Taipei International Book Exhibition. The 2017 Editor Award of Translated Books. Taiwanese translation of Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Restrooms (Humphreys 1975; Kao trans. 2016, New Taipei City: Socio).


  • American English
  • Taiwanese/Chinese/Mandarin