Yuan Wang

Yuan Wang

Research Interest

I am a postdoc fellow at the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program and recently completed DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford. My research interest is African state effectiveness and China’s economic and political engagement with Africa. My book project investigates why Chinese-financed and -constructed infrastructure projects develop into starkly different trajectories in different African countries. I used process tracing based on extensive fieldwork in Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola, and China. I also have ongoing collaborative projects in Cambodia.

Before Oxford, I served in the China office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and at the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence Foundation’s (SACE Foundation) Nairobi office. I hold a Master of Science (MSc) in Politics Research from Oxford, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Law in international relations from Shanghai International Studies University.