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Yang Zhang

Assistant Professor School of International Service

Professor Yang Zhang’s research covers the areas in comparative historical sociology, political sociology, contentious politics, and political networks, with a regional focus on China. His book project examines the emergence and development of large-scale religious and ethnic rebellions in the Qing Empire of China during the mid-19th century. In other projects, Prof. Zhang studies environmental activism and networks of political elites, both in the context of contemporary China. At SIS, he teaches courses on Bottom-Up Politics, Empire, and Contentious Politics.


Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology, University of Chicago; M.A., Tsinghua University; B.A., Tsinghua University

Book Currently Reading
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 246
Tuesday 2-6pm, and by appointment
Contact Info
(202) 885-1678

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