Ning Leng  冷宁

Political Economy, Political Institutions, Public Policy, China

In the field, by a sewer discharge site, April, 2016

I am an Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University. I conduct research in comparative politics with a focus on political economy, political institutions, policy process, and Chinese politics. 

My book project, "Politicization of Business: How the Chinese State Uses Firms for Visible Development and Societal Control", examines how authoritarian institutions create unintended consequences in state-business relations and development outcomes. My research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and various other research grants.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2018. I was a postdoc at Harvard University's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation between 2018-2019. Before my academic life, I was a management consultant in Chicago, specializing in strategies and operations.