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 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 rich 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.

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

2015. Which Comes First in Development—State Capacity or Economic Growth?, The Political Economist, newsletter of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association, Spring 2015
The Political Economist

2014. Making Details Matter: How to Reform Aid Agencies to Generate Contextual Knowledge, Winner of the Global Development Network Essay Contest on Reinventing Foreign Aid

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.