SNF Agora Faculty Seminars: Yuen Yuen Ang

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  • Yuen Yuen Ang
  • Political Science, University of Michigan

Headshot photo of Yuen Yuen AngYuen Yuen Ang is a political scientist and China scholar at the University of Michigan, with a PhD from Stanford University. Her work examines the interaction between economics and politics from an adaptive perspective—with a focus on China’s rise as one of the greatest disruptions of our times.

She is the inaugural recipient of the Theda Skocpol Prize for Emerging Scholar, awarded by the American Political Science Association for “impactful empirical, theoretical and/or methodological contributions to the study of comparative politics.” She is also named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for “high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives to the most pressing issues of our times.”

Her first, award-winning book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (2016), is acclaimed as “game changing” and “field shifting.” It is the first book to apply a complexity and systems paradigm to explain China’s rise. The sequel to this book, China’s Gilded Age: the Paradox of Economic Boom & Vast Corruption (2020), is reviewed in The Economist and Foreign Affairs, and featured on The Economist‘s podcast Money Talks, among other interviews.