- 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
- Wagner-Pacifici, Robin. 2017. What is an Event?. University of Chicago Press.
- 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. At SIS, he teaches courses on Empire, Bottom-Up Politics, Contentious Politics, and Comparative and Global Governance.