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Visiting Fellow, 2015 – 2016

Fan Zhang

Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago University of Chicago


Fan Zhang was a visiting research scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Most of Fan’s research has focused on the administrative reform in China. Her work, The Origin and Evolution of the Word “Administration” in China, was published in 2007 by the Commercial Press in Beijing. As a postdoctoral research fellow (2012-2014) in the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) at Tsinghua University, she participated in a few research programs on China’s regulatory reform, civil service reform, and governmental risk management. Much of her recent work focuses on the “Comparative Analysis on Environmental Governance System and Capacity between China and the US.” This study aims to deepen the reform of China’s environmental governance system with some new ideas including redefining the relations between state and society, government and market by comparatives studies along with the US experience. It also includes rebuilding the relations between levels of government, adjusting the relations between environmental agencies, departments of the executive branch and judicial organs, and modernizing public management.