Dali Yang’s research interests include the politics of China’s development, particularly regulation, governance and state-society relations. He 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.
Among his books are Remaking the Chinese Leviathan: Market Transition and the Politics of Governance in China (2004), Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society and Institutional Change since the Great Leap Famine (1996) and Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China (997). 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 (2004). He also is editor or co-editor of several other volumes, most recently The Global Recession and China’s Political Economy (2012).