Thomas J. Christensen

Alastair Iain Johnston 江憶恩


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Chen Yali (Lily)

  • 2016-2017 Fellow

Nate Adler

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Yeling Tan

2017-2018 Fellow
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Yeling Tan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (starting Fall 2017). In the fall of 2018, she will join the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon as an Assistant Professor. Her research interests are in international and comparative political economy, with an emphasis on China and the developing world.
Her dissertation, State Strategies under Global Rules: Chinese Industrial Policy in the WTO Era, examines the divergent strategies that the Chinese state adopted in response to global trade rules that demanded far-reaching modifications to its domestic policies and institutions. This project is part of a long-term research agenda on the domestic politics of globalization in authoritarian states such as China and on the multifaceted strategies deployed by these states to respond to and shape global economic rules. Her research also examines what, in the absence of electoral pressure, causes authoritarian institutions to adapt and evolve. 

Prior to her graduate studies, Yeling worked in the public and non-governmental sectors in a range of roles including: global governance and governance innovations research at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; international development projects at The Asia Foundation; and international security policy in the Singapore Government. 

Yeling holds a Ph.D in Public Policy from Harvard University (expected Summer 2017) and an MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her B.A. with distinction and honors in International Relations and Economics from Stanford University. 

More information on Yeling’s research can be found at

Yeling has office hours Mondays 2-4pm.


"Transparency without Democracy: The Unexpected Effects of China's Environmental Disclosure Policy". Governance, January 2014

Asia's Role in Governing Global Health (co-editor with Kelley Lee and Tikki Pang). Routledge, 2012

"Global Health Governance and the Rise of Asia" (Lead author with Kelley Lee and Tikki Pang). Global Policy, Vol 3, No. 3. September 2012

China Experiments: From Local Innovation to National Reform (Co-author with Ann Florini and Hairong Lai). Brookings Institution Press, 2012

"Transparent Warriors" (with Ann Florini), Foreign Policy blog, July 2009

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