YK Wang

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Yuan-kang Wang (YK)
Associate Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-5253
(269) 387-5599
3218 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago, 2001
  • M.A., International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 1995
Research interests: 
  • Research methods/applied sociology
  • Comparative sociology, religion and international relations

Dr. Yuan-kang Wang is an associate professor of sociology at Western Michigan University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. Wang was an International Security Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies.

Wang specializes in international relations, East Asian security and U.S.-China relations. His research examines the nexus between international relations theory and historical China.

Wang is author of Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics (Columbia University Press, 2011), which examines the influence of Confucian culture on Chinese grand strategy, use of force and war aims. Wang has published articles on peripheral nationalism in China, nationalist mobilization during Taiwan’s democratization and U.S. extended deterrence in the Taiwan Strait.