Yipin Wu



Yipin Wu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science studying Comparative Politics and Public Policy. She has been a teaching assistance for courses including Advanced Techniques of Quantitative Analysis, and International Organizations. Yipin also works at the Center for Emerging Markets of D’Amore-McKim School of Business as a research assistant. She is a recipient of China’s Scholarship Council Fellowship and a Northeastern University Graduate Student Scholarship.

Research Interests

Yipin Wu studies state-society relation, democratization, state capacity and governance, as well as authoritarian regimes. Her regional focus is East Asia, China in particular. She is also interested in comparative studies of Post-communist countries, and India and China. Yipin believes that the best work of Comparative Politics should be able to build a theoretical framework with clear conditions, and to generalize its conclusion to other cases.

Yipin is a member of the Association of Asian Studies. She has presented papers at the following conferences in the past two years: MPSA, NEPSA, and NYSPSA. Currently, she is working on her dissertation proposal, “The Dynamics of Policy Change in China: Problem Definition, Agenda Setting, and Actors”. Yipin plans to conduct archival work and interviews back in China in 2013 for dissertation research.

Prior education and work

Yipin received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Zhejiang University. She studied International Politics from 2004 to 2008, and Political Theory from 2008 to 2010. In the summer of 2009, she attended the Global Politics Summer School sponsored by Free University, Berlin and Fudan University. In summer 2007, she interned at the Bureau of Civil Affairs of Zhejiang Province.


When not in the classroom or library, Yipin likes swimming, watching movies with friends, traveling and cooking (a new hobbie). Yipin served as the President of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association of Northeastern University in 2011-2012 term. This experience taught her it is really hard to carry out an idea or perfect policy. Politics is not just about theories and criticism, but also regards finance, conflicts, balances, and all kinds of complex issues. Governance and effectiveness is as important as election and the decision making process.

Yipin’s hometown Hangzhou and Boston are sister cities. She loves both cities now. She is very grateful to have this oversea experience, to learn so many new things, meet interesting people, make friends, and getting to know life, beliefs and this world better. Her favorite politician is British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

Fields of Study: Comparative Politics/Public Policy

BA, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou China
MA, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou China

Contact info: wu.yip@husky.neu.edu