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’s research intersects international development, complexity studies, and Chinese political economy.

Her work seeks to develop new theories and tools to understand development as a complex—dynamic, interactive, and multi-dimensional—rather than linear process. Focusing on developing countries and emerging markets, especially China, her investigation spans three connected areas: (1) how markets emerged in the absence of good governance and state capacity, (2) the underlying conditions that enable effective adaptation within governments, and (3) the interactive relationship between corruption and economic prosperity.

The UM Department of Political Science awarded Ang the Eldersveld Prize for Outstanding Research Contributions in 2014. She is a winner of GDN Essay Contest on “The Future of Development Assistance,” sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also received two Early Career Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

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

2016. How China Escaped the Poverty Trap. Cornell University Press. Cornell Studies in Political Economy.

2016. "Beyond Weber: Conceptualizing an Alternative Ideal Type of Bureaucracy in Developing Contexts," Regulation & Governance.

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

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.