Xiang Yao is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), UC Berkeley. She is an Assistant Professor at the National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA) in China. Her research interests include but not limited to performance management and human resource management in public sector, citizen trust in government, citizen participation, etc. She has been leading (PI) two research projects and has participated in (Subproject PI or Associate Researcher) six research projects funded or commissioned by China national government agencies, such as the Ministry of Education, and involved into four research projects sponsored by universities or local governments, such as Peking University.
Her research work has been published on both English and Chinese peer-reviewed academic journals, such as the American Review of Public Administration and China Higher Education Research, etc., and been presented on international academic conferences, such as the American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference and the Public Management Research Conference, etc.
She received her B.A. and M.A. in management from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and Ph.D. in public administration from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark.
During her stay, she is conducting three research projects focused on interdisciplinarity and its impacts on research productivity in social science, the characteristics of first-class university’s administration team and the comparison of selection mechanism of Sino-US public university leaders, and the performance measurement framework of U.S. public research universities.