Yuen Yuen Ang

Yuen Yuen Ang

Yuen Yuen Ang

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Yuen Yuen Ang is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching lies at the intersection of global development, China’s political economy, and adaptive processes of change. Ms. Ang specialize in China but is broadly interested in developing countries and emerging markets.

Her work has two major goals. Departing from the conventional linear thinking (that is, either good governance leads to growth or vice versa), Ms. Ang’s first goal is to advance our understanding of development as a non-linear, adaptive, and complex process. This agenda is composed of three interconnected tasks:

  • Study how some markets first emerge in the absence of good governance or state capacity, and then subsequently evolve
  • Identify the right conditions for effective adaptation, or what I call “Complexity & Development 2.0.” (See talk here)
  • Develop new methods for analyzing non-linear, adaptive processes, particularly integrating thick data & big data (see IBM award here)

Her second focus is China’s growing role in global development. While the popular spotlight has been on Chinese export of capital and infrastructure overseas (such as the Belt-and-Road Initiative), she focuses instead on China’s influence on ideas of development: How does China interpret its own development experience? What lessons can it offer other countries?