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Associate professor, University of Michigan

Yuen Yuen Ang is a political scientist and an expert on China and emerging economies. She is named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for “high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives to the most pressing issues of our times.” Ang's award-winning book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (2016), is acclaimed as “game changing” and “field shifting.” Her second book, China’s Gilded Age: the Paradox of Economic Boom & Vast Corruption, is released in 2020 by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Ang's aims to bridge relevance and rigor by delivering balanced, evidence-based insights to a broad audience. Drawing on her research, she has advised international agencies and governments on innovation, inclusive development, and the global impact of China’s rise. She was featured in CGTN's Visionaries, Jiemian (界面), Pengpai (澎湃), The Diplomat, The New York Times, The Wire China.

She holds a PhD from Stanford University.


  • 2016–2020
    Associate Professor, University of Michigan
  • 2012–2016
    Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
  • 2010–2011
    Assistant Professor, Columbia University SIPA


  • 2010 
    Stanford University, PhD in Political Science


  • 2020
    China's Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom & Vast Corruption, Cambridge University Press
  • 2016
    How China Escaped the Poverty Trap, Cornell University Press