Iza (Yue) Ding

  • Assistant Professor

Iza Ding is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh with a secondary appointment in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  She is a scholar of comparative political development, with a focus on Asia and Eastern Europe.  Her research explores environmental politics and authoritarian governance, with active projects in the realms of environmental policymaking and implementation, environmental attitudes and behavior, bureaucratic organizations, and the rule of law.



1381 Democratic Erosion

2020 Empirical Methods of Research

1328 Authoritarian Politics

1332 Government and Politics of Contemporary China

1336 Business and Political Economy of Modern China

Education & Training

  • PhD, Harvard University, 2016

Representative Publications

Iza Ding. “Performative Governance.” 2020 (forthcoming). World Politics.

Iza Ding and Jeffrey Javed. Forthcoming. “The Autocrat’s Moral-Legal Dilemma: Popular Morality and Legal Institutionalization in China.” Comparative Political Studies.

Iza Ding. 2020 (forthcoming). “Staging Markets: The Local Politics of Emissions Trading in China” in Ashley Esarey, Mary Alice Haddad, Joanna Lewis and Stevan Harrell eds. Greening East Asia: The Rise of the Eco-Developmental State. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Iza Ding and Marek Hlavac. 2017. “‘Right’ Choice: Restorative Nationalism and Right-wing Populism in Central and Eastern Europe” Chinese Political Science Review 2: 427-44.

Research Interests

Environmental Politics and Policy
Political Regimes and Regime Change
Bureaucratic Organizations
Public Opinion


Area of Study