Dali Yang is the founding Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing , a University-wide initiative to promote collaboration and exchange between UChicago scholars and students and their Chinese counterparts, and of the Confucius Institute at the UChicago. He was previously chairman of Political Science, director of the Center for East Asian Studies , and director of the Committee on International Relations, all at the University of Chicago. He is also a former director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore.
His current research interests include the politics of China’s development, particularly regulation, governance and state-society relations. Among his books are Remaking the Chinese Leviathan: Market Transition and the Politics of Governance in China (Stanford University Press, 2004); Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society and Institutional Change since the Great Leap Famine (Stanford University Press, 1996); Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China (Routledge, 1997). He is also editor or co-editor of several other volumes, most recently The Global Recession and China’s Political Economy (Palgrave, 2012). He was a contributor to The United States and the Rise of China and India, by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.