Shuk Ying Chan

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics, specializing in political theory. My main research interests include contemporary political thought; 20th century anticolonial thought; theories of global justice; theories of empire and race; postcolonial political theory and theories of individual and collective self-determination.

My doctoral project, Postcolonial Global Justice, explores the moral and political implications of decolonization as an unfinished project of global justice. In it, I develop an account of “postcolonial global justice” by drawing on the normative visions and political programs of anticolonial thinkers in the era of formal decolonization. In doing so, my project aims to yield a set of historically informed and action guiding principles that help navigate the questions of self-determination and equality raised in three areas of contemporary global politics: global governance, international investment, and global cultural exchange. Prior to coming to Princeton and the U.S., I completed a M.Phil in political theory and a B.A. in history and politics at the University of Hong Kong.

For 2020-21, I am a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). In 2018, I received the Princeton University Center for Human Values Graduate Prize Fellowship. In 2017, I co-founded the Social Criticism & Political Thought lecture series under the auspices of the University Center for Human Values, and I have co-organized the series since.

In September 2021 I will be a Prize Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. From January 2023 I will be a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at University College London.

In my spare time, I like to run, cook, and get politically active. I am currently an organizer with Princeton Mutual Aid.

Please feel free to contact me at sychan @ princeton.edu .