Wang Feng is a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program. He is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, and at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Between 2010 and 2013, he served as the director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing.
Wang is a widely-recognized expert on China’s social and demographic change and on comparative demographic and social history. He is a co-author (with James Lee) of the book One Quarter of Humanity: Malthusian Mythology and Chinese Realities, 1700-2000 (Harvard University Press, 1999), which won multiple scholarly awards. His recent work on social inequality in China includes Boundaries and Categories, Rising Inequality in Post-Socialist Urban China (Stanford University Press, 2008), Creating Wealth and Poverty in Post-Socialist China (co-edited with Deborah Davis, Stanford University Press, 2009) and China Faces Inequality: Studies in Income Distribution (co-edited, Social Sciences Academic Press of China, 2013).
His work on demographic change in China includes, “The Demographic Factor in China’s Transitions” (with Andrew Mason, in Loren Brant and Thomas Rawski, eds., China’s Great Economic Transformations. Cambridge University Press, 2008) and “Population, Policy, and Politics: How Will History Judge China’s One Child Policy?” (with Cai Yong and Gu Baochang, Population and Development Review, 2012).
Wang Feng received a B.A. in economics from Hebei University in China, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in the United States.
Fudan University, distinguished visiting professor of sociology
University of California, Irvine, Department of Sociology, professor