- Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology, University of Chicago
M.A., Tsinghua University
B.A., Tsinghua University
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- Book Currently Reading
- George Homans, Coming to My Senses: The Autobiography of a Sociologist
- Professor Yang Zhang’s research covers the areas in comparative historical sociology, political sociology, contentious politics, political networks, and philosophy of social science. 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 networks of political elites and environmental activism, both in the context of contemporary China. At SIS, he teaches courses on Empire, Bottom-Up Politics, and Contentious Politics.