Yuen Yuen Ang

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Yuen Yuen Ang

Assistant Professor

Office Location(s): 7719 Haven Hall
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  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative political economy
    • Comparative political organizations
    • Contemporary China
  • About

    Ang studies development and governance in the developing world, focusing on (i) the co-evolution of economy and governance, (ii) interaction between formal and informal institutions, and (iii) bureaucratic incentives, accountability, and corruption. Her regional expertise is on China.
    Going beyond conventional linear models of development, positing that either growth leads to good governance or vice versa, Ang’s research seeks to understand when and how economic conditions and governing institutions interact and mutually transform. She is currently writing a book that examines the co-evolution of bureaucracy and economy at the national and sub-national levels in China. Another element of her research is to apply ethnographic approaches to uncover obscure or hidden logics of bureaucratic behavior in developing and authoritarian settings, where informal rules dominate, and then to test propositions derived from fieldwork with new data collection.
    Ang joined the University of Michigan in 2011 for a position in Chinese politics. Before joining Michigan, she was on the faculty of Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs, for a position in political and economic development.

  • Education
    • Stanford University, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    • Stanford University, M.A. (Political Science)
    • Colorado College, B.A. summa cum laude (Political Science)
  • Courses Taught
    • State and Market in Contemporary China
    • Comparative Politics & Reform China
    • Development and the Quality of Governance
    • Social Sciences in Historical & Contemporary China