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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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. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in The Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, The China Quarterly, and other journals.

Selected publications.

Forthcoming: Authoritarian Restraints on Online Activism Revisited: Why ‘I-Paid-A-Bribe’ Worked in India but Failed in China,” Comparative Politics

Forthcoming: Perverse Complementarity: Political Connections and Use of Courts Among Chinese Firms (With Nan JIA), The Journal of Politics.

2012. Counting Cadres: A Comparative View of the Size of China’s Public Employment. The China Quarterly, Volume 211: 676-696.

2009. Centralizing Treasury Management in China: The Rationale of Central Reformers, Public Administration & Development, 29(4): 263-73.


Yuen Yuen Ang receives the annual conference grant from the Center of Chinese Studies. The conference, to be held in 2013-14, is themed "The Politics of Bureaucratic Structure & Restructuring"

Ang was named the CICS (Center for International & Comparative Studies) International Development & Security Fellow in 2012-13. In March 2013, she delivered a public talk on her book project, titled “Why Good Bureaucracies Aren’t Always Best.” A summary of the project was published in the Fall 2012 Issue of the International Studies Journal: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/UMICH/ii/Home/II%20Journal/Documents/Fall-2012-IIJournal-Develp-Predatory.pdf.