Dali YANG   杨大力

Professor of Political Science
Faculty Director
University of Chicago


Dr Yang is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Chicago building off more than a decade of experience in educational leadership.  He is a Founding Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, which officially launched in 2010 to put the University of Chicago at the forefront of US-China education exchange and engagement.


What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?

I was a part-time interpreter when I was in College in Beijing. It further opened my eyes to the wider world and led to my decision to come to the States for further study.

What keeps you awake at night?

I am a night kind of person and tend to read or write in the evenings. However, I don’t lose sleep because of worries.

What books are currently on your bedside table?

I consult lots of books for my research. But I also a variety of books that are not immediately related to my current research and I’ve been going through a number of social psychology books lately.


What was the last present you gave someone?

Secretary Hank Paulson’s book Dealing with China

What’s your view on money?

Much good can be done with it.

What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?

Zhangjiakou, north of Beijing