Yumin Sheng

Yumin Sheng

Associate Professor

(313) 577-2630

(313) 993-3435 (fax)


2023 F/AB, 656 W. Kirby

Detroit, MI 48202

Curriculum vitae

Yumin Sheng

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

My research interests are civil-military relations, clientelism and patronage, globalization and domestic politics, federalism and decentralization, and regional political representation and resource redistribution under authoritarianism, with a focus on contemporary China.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 2005
  • M.A., Political Science, Temple University, 1999

Selected publications


Economic Openness and Territorial Politics in China. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Patronage and Authoritarian Co-optation of the Military: Theory with Evidence from Post-Mao China.” World Development 167, (2023).

Performance-Based Authoritarianism Revisited: GDP Growth and the Political Fortunes of China's Provincial Leaders.” Modern China 48, no. 5 (2022): 982-1015.

The Regional Consequences of Authoritarian Power-Sharing: Politburo Representation and Fiscal Redistribution in China.” Japanese Journal of Political Science 20, no. 3 (2019): 162-89.

Political Decentralization and Inflation: Sub-National Evidence from China” (co-authored with Yasheng Huang). British Journal of Political Science 39, no. 2 (2009): 389-412.

Authoritarian Co-optation, the Territorial Dimension: Provincial Political Representation in Post-Mao China.” Studies in Comparative International Development 44, no. 1 (2009): 71-93.

The Determinants of Provincial Presence at the CCP Central Committees, 1978-2002: An Empirical Investigation.” Journal of Contemporary China16, no. 51 (2007): 215-37.

Global Market Integration and Central Political Control: Foreign Trade and Intergovernmental Relations in China.” Comparative Political Studies 40, no. 4 (2007): 405-34.

Central-Provincial Relations at the CCP Central Committees: Institutions, Measurement and Empirical Trends, 1978-2002.” The China Quarterly, no. 182 (2005): 338-55.

Courses taught by Yumin Sheng

Winter Term 2024 (future)

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022