Cecilia Pang is driven by a curiosity and passion for how she and others can contribute sustainably and meaningfully through collective action. As an M.A. candidate in the Department of Political Science studying American politics and political theory, her research interests include political behaviour, media effects, social capital, and deliberative democracy. Primarily, these interests stem from her advocacy and civic engagement efforts spanning nearly a decade across Metro Vancouver and Canada. In particular, she hopes to continue exploring the effect online communicative technologies have on the future of trust and truth for individuals and institutions within democratic societies.
Prior to coming to Columbia, Ms. Pang graduated with high distinction from the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she received her B.A. in Political Science and completed her honour's thesis From Collective to Connective Action: Civic Engagement and Participatory Politics in a Social Media Era. She also worked as a policy analyst at Western Canada's regional development agency and as a youth leader spearheading policy consultations for Canada's inaugural Youth Policy.
Currently, Ms. Pang continues to serve on the board of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - B.C. and supports Metro Vancouver civic engagement initiatives as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. For her contributions towards the study of Canadian politics and advancements of her community's civic engagement, she has been recognized as Canada's Top 20 Under 20 (2015) and UBC Wesbrook Scholar (2020) as well as endowed with UBC's Walter D. Young award (2021) and the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Inclusion, Democracy, and Reconciliation (2021).