Dr. Frank Muyard 梅豪方


Dr. Frank Muyard

Institutional Affiliation:

Research Associate, French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC); Taiwan Fellowship Scholar, RCHSS, Academia Sinica




Dr. Frank Muyard is a Sociologist and Sinologist, currently Assistant Professor, Department of French Studies, National Central University, Taiwan, and Associate Researcher at the French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC).

He was Director of the CEFC Taipei Office from 2004 to 2009, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado Boulder (2010-2012), and 2013 Taiwan Fellowship Scholar at the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS), Academia Sinica. He received his PhD in Sociology at the University of Montreal in Canada, after being trained in Modern Chinese Studies and Sinology (B.A.), and in International Relations and Political Economy (M.A.) at the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris. He has spent over a decade living and working in Taiwan and China and speaks fluent Chinese.

He is an Editorial Board Member of China Perspectives, and member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS).

Dr. Muyard’s research covers the fields of political, cultural, and historical sociology in Taiwan and China as well as the sociology of modernity and postmodernity. He focuses on the issues of national and cultural identity, comparative nationalism and the question of modernity, state, and nation in East Asian and Western societies.


His current research projects center on the rise of Taiwanese national identity under democratization, and on the interactions between nationalism and archaeology in the discourses on Austronesian prehistory in Taiwan. 

Current Research Project

Dr. Muyard is currently completing a book on Taiwanese national identity at the turn of the 21st century. He is also working on a sociology of archaeology in Taiwan and its interactions with state, nationalism, and indigenous peoples.

Recent Publications (selected)

“Comparativism and Taiwan Studies: Analyzing Taiwan in/out of Context, or Taiwan as an East Asian New World Society,” in Shu-mei Shih, Ping-hui Liao, eds., Comparatizing Taiwan (London: Routledge, 2014), 13-32.

"Taiwan - Politique et société contemporaine", in Encyclopedia Universalis 2014 (Paris: Encyclopedia Universalis, 2014), 27-36.

“The Formation of Taiwan’s New National Identity since the End of the 1980s,” in David Blundell, ed., Taiwan Since Martial Law: Society, Culture, Politics, Economy (Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, 2012), 297-366.

“Taiwanese National Identity, Cross-Strait Economic Interaction, and the Integration Paradigm,” in Peter C.Y. Chow, ed., National Identity and Economic Interest: Taiwan’s Competing Options and Its Implication for Regional Stability (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 153-186.

Relations Taiwan-Chine: la nouvelle politique chinoise de Ma Ying-jeou”, in Jean-François Sabouret, ed., L’Asie-Monde. Chroniques sur l’Asie et le Pacifique 2002-2011 (Paris: CNRS Editions, 2011), 267-271.

(with Paul Jobin) eds, “Taiwan: The Consolidation of a Democratic and Distinct Society,” special issue for China Perspectives, 83 (2010/3).

“Mid-Term Analysis of the Ma Ying-jeou Administration: The Difficulty of Delivering the (Right) Goods,” China Perspectives, 83 (2010/3): 5-21.

(with Liang-Kai Chou and Serge Dreyer) eds, Objects, Heritage and Cultural Identity (Nantou: Taiwan Historica, 2009).

“Taiwan Ceramics as a Mirror of Taiwan’s History and its National Culture Shift: The Yingge Ceramics Museum and the Institutionalization of a New Taiwanese Artistic Tradition,” in F. Muyard, L.K. Chou and S. Dreyer, eds., Objects, Heritage and Cultural Identity (Nantou: Taiwan Historica, 2009), 389-417.

“Nation-State Building in Postmodern Times: Comparing the Cases of Quebec and Taiwan,” in Kuo-ching Tu, ed., Taiwan Studies in Global Perspectives (Santa Barbara, CA: Center for Taiwan Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, Taiwan Studies Series 4, 2008), 107-137.

“Taiwan Elections 2008: Ma Ying-jeou’s Victory and the KMT’s Return to Power,” China Perspectives, 73 (2008/1): 79-94

(梅豪方) “政治現代性 : 當代中國現代化所即將面對的挑戰”, 收錄於蔡英文, 張福建, 現代性之政治反思論文集, 台北: 中研院人文社會科學研究中心出版社 (“Political Modernity: The Coming Challenge for China’s Modernization,” in Tsai Ying-wen and Chang Fu-chien, eds., Political Reflections on Modernity, Taipei: Academia Sinica, RCHSS Press, 2007), 502-531.

“KMT A Trompe-l’oeil Victory: The December 2004 Taiwanese Legislative Elections,” China Perspectives, 58 (March-April 2005): 43-54.


“Taiwan: The Birth of a Nation?,” China Perspectives, 53 (May-June 2004): 33-48.