Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences
Yue Hou is the Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences. Hou is an accomplished scholar of authoritarian politics and the politics of China. Her book, The Private Sector in Public Office: Selective Property Rights in China, addresses how China’s private sector manages to grow without secure property rights and proposes a new theory of selective property rights. Her work has appeared in a variety of academic journals, and has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Review, and South China Morning Post. At Penn, she has served as an active faculty member of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and the Penn Identity and Conflict Lab. She is also part of the new Penn Development Research Initiative.