People of the Democratic Statecraft Lab
Syaru Shirley Lin
Associated Faculty Department of Politics and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, Miller Center of Public Affairs
Syaru Shirley Lin is Compton Visiting Professor at the Miller Center and also affiliated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her book, Taiwan’s China Dilemma, was published by Stanford in 2016 and in Chinese in 2019. She is now researching five East Asian economies caught in the high-income trap. Previously a partner at Goldman Sachs, she spearheaded the firm’s investments in technology start-ups including Alibaba and SMIC. She currently serves on the boards of Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments, Mercuries Life Insurance and Swire Pacific Limited. She is also on the board of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation. She graduated from Harvard College and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong.