Anthropology and Ethnology
Kao Hsin-chieh
Updated: 2016-08-09

Kao Hsin-chieh , Ph.D.

Assistant professor





1998, B.A. in Anthropology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

2006, M.Res in Social Anthropology (with distinction), University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK.

2012, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK.


Professional Experience

2012-2013, Research assistant, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

2013-present, Assistant professor, Department of Anthropology and Ethnology, Xiamen University.


Research Area

My anthropological exploration revolves around human knowledge systems, including their configurations, ontogenetic processes and prerequisites, especially material and social conditions. My current research begins with the economic, political and social lives among Taiwanese aborigines and proceeds in two directions: Under what conditions the aborigines produce their knowledge of the world and human life, and on the other hand, with what kinds of conceptual tools anthropologists produce their knowledge of the aborigines.


Courses Taught

Sociocultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Kinship, Economic Anthropology.


Selected Publications

2014 The road to perfection: Personhood and labor in Yami culture. Taiwan Journal of Anthropology 12(2):1-52.

2016 Blood and soil: Yami social institutions revisited. Taiwan Journal of Anthropology (forthcoming).