Yuen Yuen Ang

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Yuen Yuen Ang

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research

  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative political economy
    • Comparative political organizations
    • Contemporary China
  • About

    Ang studies adaptation, development, and governance in the developing world. Her research revolves around a central problem: How do developing societies escape the vicious cycle of poverty and weak governance to become prosperous and modern?

    Under the rubric of her overarching agenda, Ang’s research falls into three themes:

    1. Building institutions to promote adaptation in constrained environments
    2. Rethinking the relationship between corruption and capitalism
    3. Harnessing personal connections, patronage, and informal institutions for development

    To address these questions, her research draws primarily on China. In addition, she teaches and writes on other developing countries, including India, and the reform of international aid agencies.

    Her first book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, will be published by Cornell University Press. Her articles have appeared in Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, and The China Quarterly. In 2014, she was awarded the Eldersveld Prize for outstanding research contributions by the UM Department of Political Science. Her essay, “Making Details Matter,” won the Global Development Network Essay Competition on reinventing foreign aid, an international contest sponsored by the Gates Foundation.

    Recent Talks

    Does State Capacity Lead to Markets or Vice Versa?
    Eldersveld Prize Talk, UM Department of Political Science, January 2015
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    Why Good Bureaucracies Aren't Always Best
    PICS International Development Fellow Public Lecture, UM International Institute, February 2013

  • Education
    • Stanford University, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    • Stanford University, M.A. (Political Science)
    • Colorado College, B.A. summa cum laude (Political Science)