Yueran Zhang

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Yueran Zhang

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Comparative-Historical Sociology, Political Economy, State and Class Politics, Mobilizations and Demobilizations, Development, Global and Transnational, Theory

I am a political and comparative-historical sociologist interested in political economy, class politics, theories of the state, and development in the Global South. My dissertation examines how mass political movements and their repression by the party-state shaped China's trajectory of economic reform between the 1960s and the 1990s. In particular, it focuses on how the political turmoil caused by mass movements pushed and/or enabled state policymakers to adopt liberalizing economic reforms as tools of political demobilization.

My previous research uses the case of taxation on private homeownership as a lens to both make sense of a key moment - the "Chongqing Model" - in China's recent political history and advance a Bourdieusian state theory. It was published in Theory and Society and has won multiple paper awards from the American Sociological Association (ASA).