Research Interests: state institutions and state-business relations in China, government and politics of China, rule of law, political science, comparative politics.

Yuhua Wang is assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on state institutions and state-business relations in China, and he is the author of Tying the Autocrat’s Hands: The Rise of the Rule of Law in China (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Professor Wang received his B.A. and M.A. from Peking University (Beijing, China) in 2003 and 2006 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Michigan in 2011. From 2011 to 2015, he was assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania.

From the Fairbank Podcast: 

王裕华于北京大学取得本科和硕士学位,于密歇根大学取得政治学博士学位,现任哈佛大学政治学系助理教授,研究兴趣包括中国的国家机构、国家与商业的关系,中国政府与政治,法治,政治科学,以及比较政治学。出版书籍有《Tying the Autocrat’s Hands: The Rise of the Rule of Law in China》 (2015)


Yuhua Wang. 2015. Tying the Autocrat’s Hands: The Rise of the Rule of Law in China. Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics).


Yuhua Wang. Forthcoming. “Relative Capture: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from the Chinese Judiciary.” Comparative Political Studies. [Online First][Web Appendix][Replication File]

Mark Dincecco and Yuhua Wang. 2018. “Violent Conflict and Political Development over the Long Run: China versus Europe.” Annual Review of Political Science 21. [Online First]

Yuhua Wang. 2017. “Betting on a Princeling.” Studies in Comparative International Development 52 (4): 395-415 (Lead article). [Web Appendix]

Yuhua Wang. 2016. “Beyond Local Protectionism: China’s State-Business Relations in the Last Two Decades.” The China Quarterly 226: 319-341. [Web Appendix]

Yuhua Wang and Carl Minzner. 2015. “The Rise of the Chinese Security State.” The China Quarterly 222: 339-359.

Yuhua Wang. 2015. “Politically Connected Polluters under Smog.” Business & Politics 17(1): 97-124. [Web Appendix]

Yuhua Wang. 2014. “Empowering the Police: How the Chinese Communist Party Manages Its Coercive Leaders.” The China Quarterly 219: 625-648.

Yuhua Wang. 2014. “Institutions and Bribery in an Authoritarian State.” Studies in Comparative International Development 49(2): 217-241. [Covered by The New York Times]

Yuhua Wang. 2014. “Coercive Capacity and the Durability of the Chinese Communist State.” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 47(1): 13-25.

Yuhua Wang. 2013. “Court Funding and Judicial Corruption in China.” The China Journal 69: 43-63.


Gallagher, Mary, and Yuhua Wang. 2011. “Users and Non-Users: Legal Experience and its Effect on Legal Consciousness.” In Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China, Margaret Woo and Mary Gallagher, eds., Cambridge University Press, 204-233.


Yuhua Wang. 2013. “Bo Xilai and the Dilemma of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign." CNN Op-ed. [CNN Link]

Yuhua Wang. 2018. “What Can the Chinese Communist Party Learn from Chinese Emperors?" In The China Questions: Critical Insights into a Rising Power (Edited by Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi), Harvard University Press, 2018.

Yuhua Wang. 2018. “The State." Memorandum writen for the Harvard Chinese Politics Workshop.

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