Suzanne Wilson Barnett Chair of Contemporary China Studies
Yige Dong earned a PhD in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, and a BA in Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. Yige's teaching and research interests include labor, gender, and technology in global capitalism, political economy of international development, and politics, economy, and culture in Chinese societies. Currently, she is working on a book project that examines the politics of care work in China from 1949 to the present.
Yige has published on both scholarly and public platforms including American Quarterly, Modern China, Tsinghua Sociological Review, and China Development Brief, among others. Her work has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship in Women’s Studies, the Rose Laub Coser Dissertation Proposal Award by the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Best Graduate Student Paper Prize by the China & Inner Asia Council of Association for Asian Studies.
Yige joined Puget Sound in Fall 2019 as a member of the International Political Economy Program.
The Barnett Chair position was established through a gift from The Trimble Foundation, and was announced by President Isiaah Crawford in May, 2018. The position is named for Professor Emerita of History Suzanne Wilson Barnett, who taught at Puget Sound from 1973 to 2007.