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Yang-Yang Zhou


  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars 2021-2023
  • Boundaries Membership & Belonging




A central focus of Yang-Yang Zhou’s research is to bring evidence to questions, and often misperceptions, within scholarly and public debates about the effects of migrants on host communities. Her current research questions are: How does the presence of forcibly displaced migrants affect local development and public goods provision, conflict, and voting behavior? For minority citizens who share ethnic and cultural ties with migrants, what explains why they are sometimes inclusive and pro-migrant, but other times, they seek to differentiate themselves by excluding or “othering” migrants? And in contexts marked by anti-migrant prejudice and discrimination, can certain types of interventions — like prolonged intergroup contact between locals and migrants — work in reducing tensions? These projects span multiple regions, including East Africa, Central Asia, and South America.


  • Harvard Academy Scholar, Harvard University, 2021
  • Awardee, DFID-World Bank-UNHCR Building Evidence on Protracted Forced Displacement, 2021
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), 2020
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellow, Princeton University, 2017
  • Graduate Research Fellow Program, National Science Foundation, 2014

Relevant Publications

  • Rosenzweig, L. R., & Zhou, Y. Y. (2021). Team and Nation: Sports, Nationalism, and Attitudes Toward Refugees. Comparative Political Studies, 0010414021997498.
  • Lieberman, E., & Zhou, Y. Y. (2021). Self-Efficacy and Citizen Engagement in Development: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania. Journal of Experimental Political Science, 1-18. doi:10.1017/XPS.2020.47
  • Lyall, J., Zhou, Y. Y., & Imai, K. (2020). Can economic assistance shape combatant support in wartime? Experimental evidence from Afghanistan. American Political Science Review, 114(1), 126-143.

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