Yuen Yuen Ang is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Michigan. She studies adaptation, development, and governance in developing countries, with a regional focus on China. She is particularly interested in the design of “meta” institutions that foster adaptive processes in poor and constrained environments, as well as the variety of non-best institutions that promote early growth. Her forthcoming book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press), examines the strategies that propelled the coevolution of markets and bureaucracies, a process that eventually transformed China’s entire political economy. More recently, Ang looks to extend her interest in building adaptive institutions to the reform of aid agencies.
Prior to joining Michigan, Ang was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University SIPA. A native of Singapore, she had previously served in Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.