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Yang Zhang Assistant Professor School of International Service

Send email to Yang Zhang
(202) 885-1678
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 246
T/Th 3-5pm (appointment via email)
Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology, University of Chicago

M.A. and B.A., Tsinghua University

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Fredrik Barth: An Intellectual Biography
Professor Yang Zhang’s research covers the areas in comparative historical sociology, political sociology, contentious politics, political networks, and philosophy of the social sciences. 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. He has published articles in Journal of Historical Sociology, Mobilization, Voluntas, and Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change. Dr. Zhang has won the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Dissertation Award in 2017 from American Sociological Association’s Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements. At SIS, he teaches courses on Empire, Bottom-Up Politics, Contentious Politics, and Comparative and Global Governance.
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Spring 2020

  • SISU-280 Global/Comparative Governance

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

Fall 2020

  • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Empire: Past and Present

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