Yuen Yuen Ang

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Yuen Yuen Ang

Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative political economy
    • Comparative political organizations
    • Contemporary China
  • About

    Ang studies adaptation, development, and governance in the developing world. She is primarily interested in the design of meta-institutions that foster adaptation in poor and constrained environments. Adopting a dynamic approach to the study of development, her recent work focuses on: (1) the coevolution of states and markets, (2) strategies for promoting coevolutionary processes of radical change, and (3) non-best institutions (mostly informal, based on connections, and equated with corruption) that build markets, as compared to conventionally good institutions that preserve developed markets.

    Her first and forthcoming book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, will be published by Cornell University Press and included in the political economy series. Ang was awarded the Eldersveld Prize for outstanding research contributions by the Department of Political Science in 2014. In the same year, she won the GDN Essay Contest on “The Future of Development Assistance,” sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also a recipient of two Andrew Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships. In addition to her forthcoming book, her articles have appeared in Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, and The China Quarterly.

    Recent Talks

    Does State Capacity Lead to Markets or Vice Versa?
    Eldersveld Prize Talk, UM Department of Political Science, January 2015
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    Why Good Bureaucracies Aren't Always Best
    PICS International Development Fellow Public Lecture, UM International Institute, February 2013

  • Education
    • Stanford University, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    • Stanford University, M.A. (Political Science)
    • Colorado College, B.A. summa cum laude (Political Science)