Faculty

"Studying at the Yenching Academy of Peking University is an opportunity to interact not only with the great minds of China, but with the great emergent minds from all around the world."

Elizabeth J. Perry,

Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute

Wang Hui

Wang Hui

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Prof. Wang Hui is Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Economics, Guanghua School of Management, and deputy director of the Institute of Economy and Policy Research of Peking University. Dr. Wang obtained a doctorate in Economics from the University of Toronto. His research fields include: Industrial Organization; Labor Economics; Development Economics and Applied Econometrics.

Wang Shuguang

Wang Shuguang

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Prof. Wang Shuguang is a Professor in the School of Economics, Peking University. His main research fields are Development Finance, China’s Financial Reforms, Rural Finance, and Financial Ethics.

Wen Haiming

Wen Haiming

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Wen Haiming is a Professor at the School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China, where he works on Chinese and comparative philosophy. He is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board for Asian Philosophy, Associate Editor-in-Chief for Frontiers of Philosophy in China, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Studies on Chinese Philosophy series for Peking University Press. In 2010, he was named as one of the New Century Excellent Talents by the Ministry of Education of China.

WU Kai

WU Kai

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Prof. WU Kai, Cheung Kong Professor and Former Dean, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering; Deputy Director, Faculty of Science, Peking University.

Xie Yu

Xie Yu

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Xie Yu is Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Sociology at the Institute of International and Regional Studies, Princeton University, and a Visiting Chair Professor at the Center for Social Research, Peking University. He is interested in social stratification, demography, statistical methods, Chinese studies, and sociology of science. He has co-authored many publications, including Marriage and Cohabitation (with Arland Thornton and William Axinn, 2007, University of Chicago Press), Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis (with Daniel Powers, 2008, Emerald), and Is American Science in Decline? (with Alexandra Killewald, 2012, Harvard University Press). 

Xu Xin

Xu Xin

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Prof. Xu Xin is Associate Director of the China and Asia-Pacific Studies Program (CAPS) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. He received a BA and MA in International Relations from Peking University and a PhD in Government from Cornell University.


He returned to Cornell and joined the CAPS program as CAPS Associate Director in 2007. He was formerly Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Politics at Peking University in China, and Associate Professor of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, an International Fellow at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in the United States, a Postdoctoral Fellow on National Security in the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and a Visiting Research Fellow, Professional Specialist, and Acting Director of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University.


His research and teaching focus on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations. His areas of interest include the identity politics of the Taiwan issue, China’s grand strategy, East Asian security politics, and Olympics and international relations. He has published articles and book chapters both in English and Chinese about various issues in these areas. He has co-edited History of the People’s Republic of China’s Foreign Relations, 1949-1989 (Peking University Press, 1994), and co-translated Hans J. Morgenthau’s Politics among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, 7th edition (Peking University Press, 2006), and coauthored The Beijing Olympiad: The Political Economy of a Sporting Mega-Event (Routledge, 2007). He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Power of Identity: China and East Asian Security Politics in the Post-Cold War Era.

Yan Xiaojun

Yan Xiaojun

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Prof. Yan Xiaojun is an Associate Professor of the Department of Politics and Public Administrations, the University of Hong Kong. He obtained his Bachelor of Law (International Politics) and Master of Law (International Politics) degrees from Peking University and an A.M. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is a comparative political scientist with special expertise in the politics of China. His research interests evolve around political development, authoritarianism, democratization, local government, contentious politics, comparative historical study of revolution, and the Chinese reforms. Dr. Yan was awarded the 2012 Gordon White Prize by the China Quarterly for his article entitled “‘To Get Rich Is Not Only Glorious’: Economic Reform and the New Entrepreneurial Party Secretaries” (The China Quarterly, June 2012, No. 210). His first book on Hong Kong politics was selected as one of the “Ten Best Chinese Books (non-fiction) Published in 2015” by Asia Weekly (亞洲週刊). A recipient of a Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2007), he served as a member of HKU’s Common Core Curriculum Committee and an Area of Inquiry (AoI) Leader from 2013 to 2015. He is a recipient of HKU’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2013). Dr. Yan is an Associate Member of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies in January 2016.

Yang Zhaohui

Yang Zhaohui

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Prof. Yang Zhaohui received his education at the School of International Relations, Peking University. His main research focus is the history of the Communist Party of China and Chinese politics.

Yao Yang

Yao Yang

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Professor Yao Yang is the Director of the China Center for Economic Research and Dean of the National School of Development, Peking University. He is an expert on China’s economic transition, and has published extensively on institutional economics and economic development in China. He writes for the Financial Times and Project Syndicate. Professor Yao has received many awards for his work on international and development economics, and was named Best Teacher by Peking University Student Union in 2006.

Zhang Changdong

Zhang Changdong

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Prof. Zhang Changdong is an Associate Professor of School of Government, Peking University. He received his Ph.D. of Political Science from University of Washington. He has teaching experiences on Political Economy of Development, Local Government and Politics in China (undergraduates), Comparative Political Institutions, Political Development (graduates and undergraduates), China’s Economic Development and Reform (MPP, international MA students).His research interests include Institutional Analysis, State and Society, Chinese Politics, Political Economy of China, and Methodology.