Yan is currently a LSE fellow in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science; research in social policy, authoritarian politics, and digital governance. Yan received a BS in Sociology and a MA in Management, from the Tsinghua University, and a PhD in Sociology, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Yan’s work mainly investigates the issue of state governance, redistribution of public goods, and public participation, she is especially interested in how actors’ agency shapes authoritarian governmentality. Her finished dissertation project uses evidence of the Chinese government’s efforts to lead a rapid social and economic transformation without losing its legitimacy to elaborate the analytical model of compliance manufacture in the interaction between the state and the individual. Her post-doctoral work investigates the effect of bureaucrats’ varied motivations and choices on the public policy and administration in authoritarian regimes. She also has multiple working papers on public policy and state politics in pipeline, focusing on policy evaluation and institutional dynamics and politics.