Yuen Yuen Ang

Research Faculty


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Faculty Associate, Center for Chinese Studies


Ph.D. 2010 Stanford University (Political Science)


Yuen Yuen Ang’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
7719 Haven Hall, 505 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1045

Phone: 734–936–0089
Email: yuenang@umich.edu

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Yuen Yuen Ang studies the political economy of development, focusing on emerging markets, especially China. Her research seeks to understand the interactive processes of political-economic change, how markets emerged despite the absence of good institutions, and strategies for promoting effective adaptation within governments.

She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press, Cornell Studies in Political Economy, 2016). Ang was awarded the Eldersveld Prize for outstanding research contributions by the UM Department of Political Science. She also won the 2014 GDN Essay Contest on “The Future of Development Assistance,” sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has received two ACLS Early Career Fellowships.

Selected publications. Please also see Yuen Yuen Ang’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)...

2016. “Co-optation & Clientelism: Nested Distributive Politics in China’s Single-Party Dictatorship,” Studies in Comparative International Development, online first, pp. 1-22.

2015. Which Comes First in Development—State Capacity or Economic Growth?, The Political Economist, newsletter of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association, Spring 2015

2014. Authoritarian Restraints on Online Activism Revisited: Why ‘I-Paid-A-Bribe’ Worked in India but Failed in China, Comparative Politics, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp. 21-40

2014. Perverse Complementarity: Political Connections and Use of Courts Among Chinese Firms (With Nan JIA), The Journal of Politics, Volume 76, Issue 2, pp. 318-332.