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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, political networks, and social science philosophy. 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
Koselleck. Futures Past.
Languages Spoken
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 246
Tue./Wed. 3:30-5pm, and by appointment
Contact Info
(202) 885-1678

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  • Fall 2017

    • SISU-380 Topics in Global & Comp Govern: Empire and Imperialism
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  • Spring 2018

    • SISU-306 Adv Int'l Studies Research: Bottom-Up Politics Models/Meth
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    • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Contentious Politics
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