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Yingyao Wang

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Yingyao Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs


Yingyao Wang is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. She received her Ph.D degree in Sociology at Yale University in 2015


Yingyao’s current research maps the social landscape of the state. She examines how social formations such as policy makers’ career trajectories, intellectual networks, and political cliques can be translated into formal organizational capacities and influence the pattern of state regulations over national economies. Her dissertation investigates this thesis in the Chinese context. It charts three cohorts of Chinese policy elites in the central economic bureaucracy and finds that their organizational and social experiences aggregated along career trajectories that differed significantly across the generations and these differences can explain for the rise of new economic ideas and policy programs in the Chinese state.

Yingyao is also working on two other projects. One identifies the provincial origins of China’s outbound investments and seeks to explain the correlative logic between the provincial originators of the Chinese FDI and their global destinations. The other explores whether China’s tax structure and patterns of tax collection will sustain or undermine its current political system.

Yingyao has also published and continuously writes about social and organizational theories. 


Seminar for Research Method in Development Studies (Spring 2016)


Yingyao Wang. 2015. “The Rise of the Shareholding State: Financialization of Economic Management in China.” Socio-Economic Review, 13(3), 603-625.

[2014 EHESS/France-Japan Foundation Best Paper Award on Asian Capitalism, Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)]

Yingyao Wang. 2016. “Homology and Isomorphism as Two Theories of Field Convergence: Bourdieu in Conversation with New Institutionalism.” British Journal of Sociology 67 (2): 348–370.

Yingyao Wang (first author, with Simone Polillo). 2016. “Power in Organizational Society: Macro, Meso and Micro.” in Seth Abrutyn (eds) 2016 The Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory(second edition). New York: Springer. 43-61.

Yingyao Wang, “Why Tax Policy is not Politics in China: Public Finance and China’s Changing State-society Relations.” Review and Resubmit in Politics & Policy.