Yuen Yuen Ang

Research Faculty


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Faculty Associate, Center for Chinese Studies


Ph.D. 2010 Stanford University (Political Science)


Yuen Yuen Ang's Personal Website & CV

On academic leave, 2018-2019

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

University of Michigan Online Directory listing

Yuen Yuen Ang is Associate Professor of Political Science. In 2018, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow awarded for "high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives to some of the most pressing issues of our times." Professor Ang is a political scientist who applies perspectives from complex adaptive systems to the study of economic and political development. She studies two interconnected issues: how markets emerge in the absence of good governance and state capacity, and the institutional designs and strategies that enable adaptive problem-solving. She specializes in China and emerging markets. On China, her expertise lies in the economy, bureaucratic politics, adaptation within the party-state, corruption, and the nation's growing role in international development.

Selected publications.

2016. How China Escaped the Poverty Trap. Cornell University Press. Cornell Studies in Political Economy.

2016. "Beyond Weber: Conceptualizing an Alternative Ideal Type of Bureaucracy in Developing Contexts," Regulation & Governance.

2016. “Co-optation & Clientelism: Nested Distributive Politics in China’s Single-Party Dictatorship,” Studies in Comparative International Development, online first, pp. 1-22.

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.


Yuen Yuen Ang’s How China Escaped the Poverty Trap receives the 2018 Viviana Zelizer Best Book in Economic Sociology, described by the prize committee as "game-changing ideas for the analysis and implementation of socio-economic development and should have a major impact across many social sciences."

Yuen Yuen Ang’s How China Escaped the Poverty Trap receives the 2017 Peter Katzenstein Book Prize for “outstanding book in international relations, comparative politics, or political economy.” The prize committee describes the book as “a field-shifting move to non-linear complex processes.”

Yuen Yuen Ang’s How China Escaped the Poverty Trap is named by Foreign Affairs as “Best Books of 2017,” described as having “the potential to influence future studies of institutional and economic change beyond China.”