Portrait of Yeling Tan

Professor Yeling Tan joins the Blavatnik School of Government as a Professor of Public Policy, with a focus on the political economy of globalisation, development and policymaking, particularly in China and the Asian region.

Professor Tan said: “I am thrilled to join the faculty at the Blavatnik School, where there is such a rich pool of expertise on some of the most pressing issues facing governments today. The international economy and domestic politics have always been inextricably intertwined. At a time when state policies and international rules for the global economy are in flux, I hope that my research can contribute to government thinking on how best to integrate economic interdependence with national resilience."
Dean Ngaire Woods said: “Yeling’s appointment brings a greater depth to our research on the global economic issues at the forefront of government policymaking today. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Yeling to the School.”


Yeling Tan is Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. She is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Her research focuses on the political economy of globalisation, development, and policymaking, with a focus on China and the Asian region. She holds a PhD in Public Policy and an MPA in International Development from Harvard University, and a BA in International Relations and Economics from Stanford University. Prior to joining Oxford, Professor Tan was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon and a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. She has also worked in the public and non-governmental sectors on a range of issues including economic development, international security policy, global governance and governance innovations. 

Professor Tan’s latest book is Disaggregating China, Inc: State Strategies in the Liberal Economic Order (Cornell University Press Studies in Political Economy), which has been awarded the Peter Katzenstein book prize and the Georgetown Joseph S. Lepgold book prize. Her articles have been published in Comparative Political Studies, the Review of International Organizations, International Studies Quarterly, the China Journal, Governance, and Global Policy. Professor Tan’s earlier books include China Experiments: from Local Innovations to National Reform (Brookings Institution Press) and Asia’s Role in Governing Global Health (Routledge). Professor Tan has also written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and Bloomberg Opinion.

For more information, visit Professor Tan’s personal website.