Yuen Yuen Ang

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Yuen Yuen Ang

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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

    Yuen Yuen Ang (assistant professor in political science) has been named a CICS International Security and Development Fellow for 2012-2013. She studies states, bureaucracies, and development in developing countries, focusing on China. Her main project examines how imperfect bureaucratic institutions—which look "corrupt" to outsiders—may actually serve to facilitate reform and development among transitional economies.

    She has done extensive field work in China, gathering over 300 interviews with official and street level bureaucrats across regions and sectors. Extending from her book, her other research projects examine how state and businesses interact, regulatory behavior, and  fiscal sustainability. She received the Andrew Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Early Career Fellowships in two consecutive years from 2009-2011.

    Professor Ang is teaching a course for CICS entitled “Development and the Quality of Governance."  She will deliver a public lecture on “Why ‘Good’ Bureaucracies Aren’t Always Best: Unorthodox Lessons from China,” and her article, Developmental or Predatory? Understanding the State’s Paradoxical Economic Role in Local China will appear in a forthcoming issue of the International Institute’s II Journal.

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