Graduate Students

Feng Yang

Contact Information

Office  4289 Bunche Hall


M.Phil., HKUST

Fields of Study

Comparative Politics & Methods


The political economy of bureaucracy, corruption, and the state-business relations in authoritarian regimes, with an emphasis on China.

Grants and Awards

Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2018-2019, UCLA.

Doctoral Fellowships, 2018-2019, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (declined).

EITM Summer Institute Fellowship, 2017, University of Houston.

Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship, 2017, UCLA International Institute.


Chair: Barbara Geddes


Strategic Promotion, Reputation, and Responsiveness in Bureaucratic Hierarchies (with Xinyu Fan), Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2019, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Organizational Structure, Policy Learning, and Economic Performance: Evidence from the Chinese Commune (with Joshua Eisenman), Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 2018, 4: 1-18,

Overseas Students, Returnees and the Diffusion of International Norms into Post-Mao China (with David Zweig), International Studies Review, 2014, 16(2): 252-63.

Authoritarian Orientations and Political Trust in East Asian Societies (with Deyong Ma), East Asia, 2014, 31(4): 323-341.