Yang-Yang Zhou

Assistant Professor (On leave 2021 - 2023)

Research Area

Education

Ph.D., Politics, Princeton University, 2019
B.A., International Relations and Anthropology, NYU, 2010

About

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. My pronouns are she/her. I study national identity, conflict, and development in the context of migration, particularly within the Global South.

From 2021 through 2023, I will be on leave as a Harvard Academy Scholar and a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar. During this time, I will not be supervising new graduate students.


Research

A central focus of my research is to bring evidence to questions, and often misperceptions, within scholarly and public debates about the effects of migrants on host communities. A few questions that I’m thinking about these days: How does the presence of forcibly displaced migrants affect local development and public goods provision, conflict, and voting behavior? For minoritized citizens who share ethnic and cultural ties with migrants, what explains why they are sometimes inclusive and pro-migrant, but other times, they seek to differentiate themselves by excluding or “othering” migrants? And in contexts marked by anti-migrant prejudice and discrimination, can certain types of interventions — like prolonged intergroup contact between locals and migrants — work in reducing tensions? These projects span multiple regions, including East Africa, Central Asia, and South America.


Publications

Reexamining the Effect of Refugees on Civil Conflict: A Global Subnational Analysis “(with Andrew Shaver). American Political Science Review (June 2021).

Studying Migrant Exclusion in the Global South.”APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter (Spring 2021), pages 66-75.

Team and Nation: Sports, Nationalism, and Attitudes toward Refugees” (with Leah Rosenzweig). Comparative Political Studies (March 2021).

Self-Efficacy and Citizen Engagement in Development: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania” (with Evan Lieberman). Journal of Experimental Political Science (January 2021).

Can Economic Assistance Shape Combatant Support in Wartime? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan” (with Jason Lyall and Kosuke Imai). American Political Science Review, Volume: 114, Issue 1 (February 2020), pages 126-143.

Design and Analysis of the Randomized Response Technique” (with Graeme Blair and Kosuke Imai). Journal of the American Statistical Association, Volume: 110, Issue: 511 (Sept. 2015).


Awards

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Research Funding (2021), $135,000 CAD

DFID-World Bank-UNHCR Building the Evidence on Protracted Forced Displacement (2021), $25,000 USD


Graduate Supervision

Ph.D. Students:

Verónica Hurtado

Isabel Chew

Daniel Rojas Lozano

Masters Students:

Lisa Akinyi May

Saleh Ismail


Affiliations

Executive Committee Member, UBC Centre for Migration Studies

Faculty Affiliate, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)


Yang-Yang Zhou

Assistant Professor (On leave 2021 - 2023)

Ph.D., Politics, Princeton University, 2019
B.A., International Relations and Anthropology, NYU, 2010

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. My pronouns are she/her. I study national identity, conflict, and development in the context of migration, particularly within the Global South.

From 2021 through 2023, I will be on leave as a Harvard Academy Scholar and a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar. During this time, I will not be supervising new graduate students.

A central focus of my research is to bring evidence to questions, and often misperceptions, within scholarly and public debates about the effects of migrants on host communities. A few questions that I'm thinking about these days: How does the presence of forcibly displaced migrants affect local development and public goods provision, conflict, and voting behavior? For minoritized citizens who share ethnic and cultural ties with migrants, what explains why they are sometimes inclusive and pro-migrant, but other times, they seek to differentiate themselves by excluding or "othering" migrants? And in contexts marked by anti-migrant prejudice and discrimination, can certain types of interventions — like prolonged intergroup contact between locals and migrants — work in reducing tensions? These projects span multiple regions, including East Africa, Central Asia, and South America.

"Reexamining the Effect of Refugees on Civil Conflict: A Global Subnational Analysis "(with Andrew Shaver). American Political Science Review (June 2021).

"Studying Migrant Exclusion in the Global South."APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter (Spring 2021), pages 66-75.

"Team and Nation: Sports, Nationalism, and Attitudes toward Refugees" (with Leah Rosenzweig). Comparative Political Studies (March 2021).

"Self-Efficacy and Citizen Engagement in Development: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania" (with Evan Lieberman). Journal of Experimental Political Science (January 2021).

"Can Economic Assistance Shape Combatant Support in Wartime? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" (with Jason Lyall and Kosuke Imai). American Political Science Review, Volume: 114, Issue 1 (February 2020), pages 126-143.

Design and Analysis of the Randomized Response Technique” (with Graeme Blair and Kosuke Imai). Journal of the American Statistical Association, Volume: 110, Issue: 511 (Sept. 2015).

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Research Funding (2021), $135,000 CAD

DFID-World Bank-UNHCR Building the Evidence on Protracted Forced Displacement (2021), $25,000 USD

Ph.D. Students:

Verónica Hurtado

Isabel Chew

Daniel Rojas Lozano

Masters Students:

Lisa Akinyi May

Saleh Ismail

Yang-Yang Zhou

Assistant Professor (On leave 2021 - 2023)

Ph.D., Politics, Princeton University, 2019
B.A., International Relations and Anthropology, NYU, 2010

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. My pronouns are she/her. I study national identity, conflict, and development in the context of migration, particularly within the Global South.

From 2021 through 2023, I will be on leave as a Harvard Academy Scholar and a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar. During this time, I will not be supervising new graduate students.

A central focus of my research is to bring evidence to questions, and often misperceptions, within scholarly and public debates about the effects of migrants on host communities. A few questions that I'm thinking about these days: How does the presence of forcibly displaced migrants affect local development and public goods provision, conflict, and voting behavior? For minoritized citizens who share ethnic and cultural ties with migrants, what explains why they are sometimes inclusive and pro-migrant, but other times, they seek to differentiate themselves by excluding or "othering" migrants? And in contexts marked by anti-migrant prejudice and discrimination, can certain types of interventions — like prolonged intergroup contact between locals and migrants — work in reducing tensions? These projects span multiple regions, including East Africa, Central Asia, and South America.

"Reexamining the Effect of Refugees on Civil Conflict: A Global Subnational Analysis "(with Andrew Shaver). American Political Science Review (June 2021).

"Studying Migrant Exclusion in the Global South."APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter (Spring 2021), pages 66-75.

"Team and Nation: Sports, Nationalism, and Attitudes toward Refugees" (with Leah Rosenzweig). Comparative Political Studies (March 2021).

"Self-Efficacy and Citizen Engagement in Development: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania" (with Evan Lieberman). Journal of Experimental Political Science (January 2021).

"Can Economic Assistance Shape Combatant Support in Wartime? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" (with Jason Lyall and Kosuke Imai). American Political Science Review, Volume: 114, Issue 1 (February 2020), pages 126-143.

Design and Analysis of the Randomized Response Technique” (with Graeme Blair and Kosuke Imai). Journal of the American Statistical Association, Volume: 110, Issue: 511 (Sept. 2015).

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Research Funding (2021), $135,000 CAD

DFID-World Bank-UNHCR Building the Evidence on Protracted Forced Displacement (2021), $25,000 USD

Ph.D. Students:

Verónica Hurtado

Isabel Chew

Daniel Rojas Lozano

Masters Students:

Lisa Akinyi May

Saleh Ismail