Yan Gu

Ph.D. Candidate (2014 Cohort)
Yan Gu

Dissertation Project

Climbing on China’s Political Ladder: Who Rises, Who Falls?

Professional Background

Journalist and Columnist in China


Chinese, R, Machine Learning



Yan Gu is interested in authoritarian politics and primarily focuses on China. Her current project is about the ongoing anti-corruption campaign launched by China’s president Xi Jinping. More broadly, she looks at how China’s party-state controls its huge number of bureaucrats and what makes bureaucrats rise and fall since the reform era. She received her M.A. in sociology from Peking University and then worked for Changjiang Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. Working experience in the CCP’s propaganda machine inspired her to study Chinese politics and motivated her to join the JSIS Ph.D. program. Moreover, she loves cats and lives with Bert and Ernie, two American short hair cats who are absolute dictators ruling her small world.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Chinese Government Scholarship, Chinese Government, 2015 – 2018.
  • Top Scholar Fellowship, University of Washington, 2014 – 2015.

Dissertation Committee

Post Graduation


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