Welcome! I am the 2021-22 fellow at the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program and Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. In fall 2021, I also teach a course ‘Sino-African relations in History and Present’ at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

My research interest is African state effectiveness and China’s economic and political engagement with Africa. My book project investigates why Chinese-financed and -constructed develop into starkly different trajectories in different African countries. I used process tracing based on extensive fieldwork in Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola, and China. I also have ongoing collaborative projects in Cambodia.

Before Oxford, I served in the China office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and at the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence Foundation Nairobi office.

I recently completed DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford. I hold a Master of Science (MSc) in Politics Research from Oxford, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Law in international relations from Shanghai International Studies University.


Email: yw3816@columbia.edu

Address: 91 Claremont, Room 505A, New York, NY, 10027