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 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

“Performance-based Authoritarianism Revisited: GDP Growth and the Political Fortunes of China's Provincial LeadersModern China (forthcoming).

“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 withYasheng 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 CentralCommittees, 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.

Currently teaching

  • PS4725 Globalization and Politics, 4 credits
  • PS7710 Seminar in Comparative Politics, 3 credits

Courses taught

PS2710 Introduction to Comparative Politics, 4 credits, Winter 2020
PS3770 Politics of East Asia, 4 credits, Winter 2020