Welcome! My name is Jingcai Ying and I am a political theorist by training. My research in comparative political theory focuses on the moral foundations of Confucian democracy. That is, what enables (or disables) democracy and its companion concepts such as rights and diversity to take root in the Confucian tradition and become ethical ideals internal to it? To answer this question, I engage with a variety of Confucian schools. My dissertation focuses on the Neo-Confucian branch represented by Zhu Xi (1130-1200).

More broadly, I am interested in the history of political thought, democratic theory (especially deliberative and epistemic approaches), continental political thought, and American political thought.

I am currently a JD candidate at the

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University (Class of 2023). I received my PhD in Government from the University of Virginia in 2018 and my BA in Political Science (with Comprehensive Honors) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013.