Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Arts (DA)


Department of Sociology

Content Description

1 online resource (ix, 309 pages) : color illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Elizabeth Popp Berman

Committee Members

James Zetka, Angie Chung


Economic Sociology, Education Agent, International Higher Education, International Student, Taiwan, Transnational Shadow Education, College students, Taiwanese, Students, Foreign, Educational consultants, Educational exchanges, Education, Higher

Subject Categories



My dissertation examines the marketization of higher education, drawing on empirical case studies from Taiwanese students using “education agents” to apply to U.S. colleges and universities. I argue that without these intermediary agents, applicants and parents may be left flying blindly amid uncertainties, emotional distress, and interpersonal tension in families during children’s admission. The existing sociological literature and higher education research mainly concentrates on studying national policies and formal higher education institutions (universities and research institutes), but the private market research is relatively insufficient. Also, the research on international students' transnational movement mostly started from the viewpoint of the students' receiving countries and did not further discuss the status of the country of origin of the international students. My research explores these two aspects and makes new contributions to existing research.

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