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. 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 UChicago. He also is a former director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore.
His 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) and Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China (Routledge, 1997). He was a contributor to The United States and the Rise of China and India, by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Holding China Together: Diversity and National Integration in Post-Deng China (Cambridge University Press, 2004). He also is editor or co-editor of several other volumes, most recently The Global Recession and China’s Political Economy (Palgrave, 2012). He has served on various committees and organizations and serves on the editorial boards of Asian Perspective, American Political Science Review, Journal of Contemporary China and World Politics.