Yi Feng is the Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor at Claremont Graduate University. He has additionally served as provost and vice president for academic affairs (2006-2011), as dean of the Division of Politics & Economics (2003-2006), and was the founding chair of the Department of International Studies (2016-2020). His areas of concentration are international political economy, public policy analysis, and quantitative methodology. He has taught a wide variety of courses, including International Political Economy, International Relations, Political Economy of Regional Integration and Globalization, Public Policy Research, Political Economy of Pacific Asia, Quantitative Research Methods, and Computer Applications for Data Analysis.
Following his undergraduate and graduate work in China with an MA degree in English, Feng obtained several graduate degrees from the University of Rochester, New York, including an MA and PhD in political science, followed by an MS in public policy analysis. Since then, he has served in many professional appointments, including as the general program chair for the International Studies Association Annual Conference (Hawaii, 2004-2005) and as editor of International Interactions, a premier journal in international studies (2001-2005).
Feng has published extensively on such topics as economic growth, investment, human capital, international trade, demographic transition, and political regime transitions in various economics and political science peer-reviewed journals. His works on regional development deal with political and economic issues in Latin America, Pacific Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also published on China’s financial markets, labor and human capital, economic growth, state enterprises, foreign direct investment, and trade policy. His book Democracy, Governance and Economic Performance: Theory and Evidence (MIT, 2003, 2005) earned the following review from Eirik G. Furubotn: “notable for its broad scope, its thorough grounding in empirical evidence and for the insights it offers into complex social processes. This is interdisciplinary research at its best.”
His current research interests include global power shifts, globalization, and regional political, economic, and business development. He has also been continuing his research on China and other major emerging powers.
Co-authored with Zhijun Gao and Zining Yang. “China’s Last Campaign to Become a New World Leader: One Belt and One Road – Rationale, Opportunities, and Challenges.” In Regional Politics, edited by Ronald Tammen and Jacek Kugler. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc., Forthcoming.
Co-authored with Zhijun Gao and Wanjun Jiang. “Patterns and Determinants of China’s Contracts: An empirical study across Asia.” In Handbook of China and Globalization, edited by Huiyao Wang and Xin Wang, 84-104. UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Group, 2019.
Co-authored with Zhijun Gao and Wanjun Jiang. “What Attracts China’s Contracts to Latin America and the Caribbean? An Empirical Study of the Determinants of Chinese Contracts.” Economic and Political Studies 6, no. 1 (2018): 91-117.
Co-authored with Zhijun Gao and Honglie Zhang. “What Leads to Official Corruption in China? A Politico-Economic Analysis of Economic Opportunities and Government Corruption across China’s Provinces.” Journal of Post-Communist Economies 30, no. 3 (2018): 273-89.
Co-authored with Honglie Zhang and Zhijun Gao. “Corrupt Officials in China: Characteristics and Case Studies.” American Review of China Studies 19, no. 2 (2018): 40-62.
International Political Economy
Seminar in International Political Economy
Political Economy of China
SAS Programming & Multivariate Analysis in International Studies