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Yeling Tan

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-7098
  • Office: 912 PLC
  • Affiliated Departments: Asian Studies
  • Interests: Global economic governance; International political economy; Comparative political economy; Politics of China; Political economy of development
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My research interests lie at the intersection of international and comparative political economy, with an emphasis on China and the developing world. Two broad questions define my research agenda. First: how do the rules of globalization affect politics within authoritarian regimes such as China, given that these rules require increasingly far-reaching modifications to domestic institutions? Second, how do authoritarian regimes affect rule-making at the international level?


I am also a non-resident scholar at the UC San Diego 21st Century China Center and a Fellow of the World Economic Forum's Council on the Future of International Trade and Investment. From 2017-18, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University


My work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Governance, the China Journal and Global Policy. I am co-author of China Experiments: From Local Innovation to National Reform (Brookings Institution Press) and co-editor of Asia’s Role in Governing Global Health (Routledge). My latest book, which examines the impact of WTO entry on China’s domestic institutions and policies, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press’ Studies in Political Economy Series.



Ph.D. in Public Policy, Harvard University (2017)

M.P.A. in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School (2011)

B.A. in International Relations and Economics (Honors and Distinction), Stanford University (2002) 

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