Portrait of Yi Feng
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Political Science, University of Rochester, New York
    MS, MS in Public Policy Analysis, University of Rochester, New York
    MA, Political Science, University of Rochester, New York
  • Research Interests
    International political economy, Public policy analysis, Quantitative methodology, Global power shifts, Globalization

Yi Feng is the Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair in Government at Claremont Graduate University. At CGU he has also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs (2006–2011) and as dean of the Division of Politics & Economics (2003–2006). 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. In addition, he is interested in trends, policies, and issues related to higher education and has been extensively involved in building international programs for Claremont Graduate University and the Claremont University Consortium.

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McManus 222

Co-authored with Wanjun Jiang and Zhijun Yu. “Economic, Political and Resource-Based Models of Chinese Contracts in Africa: An Empirical Analysis.” Chinese Economy 48, no. 3 (2015): 215–34.

Co-authored with Jacek Kugler. “Tectonic Move in 21st Century International Relations: Ukrainian Territorial Crisis, Realignments of Major Powers, and Implications for the World.” Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies 2, no. 1 (2015): 55–75.

“Global Power Transitions and Their Implications for the 21st Century.” Pacific Focus 28, no. 2 (2013): 170–89.

“University of Nottingham-Ningbo and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University: Globalization of Higher Education in China.” Higher Education 65, no. 4 (2013): 471–85.

Democracy, Governance and Economic Performance: Theory and Evidence. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.

International Political Economy
Seminar in International Political Economy
Political Economy of China
SAS Programming & Multivariate Analysis in International Studies