Grace Tien

Postdoctoral Scholar

Grace completed her PhD in sociology at Princeton University on an accelerated track with the Dean’s Completion Fellowship and was a short-term postdoctoral fellow with the sociology department and a research affiliate of Princeton’s Center on Contemporary China. Her research lies mostly at the intersection of culture, religion, organizations, and economic sociology. Early on, she studied house churches and religious elites across a range of industries and sectors in China. More recently, her dissertation examined the emergence of new organizational forms—tech startups—at the nexus between the West and China and how these early stage firms and entrepreneurial actors must navigate intersecting contexts, cultures, ideologies, and locale-specific challenges, such as regulatory constraints, in China. See her academic site,, for more on her research and publications.