People: Research Faculty

Yuen Yuen Ang

Faculty Associate


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
Yuen Yuen Ang’s Google Scholar Profile


Yuen Yuen Ang is named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for “high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives to some of the most pressing issues of our times.” She is also the inaugural recipient of the Theda Skocpol Prize for Emerging Scholars from the American Political Science Association. Her research examines the interaction between economics and politics from an adaptive perspective, with a focus on China. Visit her personal website at


Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
7719 Haven Hall, 505 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1045

Phone: 734–936–0089

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Selected Publications

Please also see Yuen Yuen Ang’s Personal Website or Yuen Yuen Ang’s Google Scholar Profile.

Forthcoming. “Has China’s Economic Success Proven that Autocracy is Superior to Democracy?” In China Questions II: Critical Insights into US-China Relationship. Harvard University Press.

2020. “When COVID-19 Meets Centralized, Personalized Power.” Nature Human Behavior.

2020. China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption. Cambridge University Press.

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.