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Bai Gao, Professor, Sociology

Bai Gao
Contact Info:
Office Location:  341 Soc-Psych
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5620
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • SOCIOL 341.01, US AND ASIAN PACIFIC Synopsis
    Reuben-Coo 329, W 05:15 PM-07:45 PM
    Social Sciences 119, MW 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
  • SOCIOL 541.01, US AND ASIAN PACIFIC Synopsis
    Reuben-Coo 329, W 05:15 PM-07:45 PM

Ph.D.Princeton University1994
SociologyPrinceton University1994
SociologyPrinceton University1990
Comparative Higher EducationBeijing University1986
Japanese Language & LiteratureBeijing University1983

Intellectual Interests
Research Interests:

I received my B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature in 1983, and M.A. in Comparative Higher Education in 1986 from Beijing University. I received an M.A. in 1990 and a Ph.D in Sociology in January 1994 from Princeton University. Before entering the United States, I worked as a research fellow at Beijing University. I have worked as visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, and the Yokohama National University. My major areas of research interest are economic sociology, organizational analysis, comparative historical sociology, political economy, Japanese society, Chinese society, and East Asian capitalism. I teach Comparative Sociology (SOC 110), Organizations and Their Environments (SOC 144), and The Digital Economy (First Year Seminar).

Areas of Interest:

Economic Sociology,
Comparative/Historical Sociology,
Comparative Political Economy


Asia • Japan • china • Economics • Sociology

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Qiushi Feng  
  • Li-Hsuan Cheng  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Gao, B, The Renaissance of Industrial Policy: Developmentalism in the Era of Post Globalization, İStanbul Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Dergisi, vol. 40 no. 2 (December, 2020), Istanbul University [doi]
  2. Gao, B, China's Belt & Road Initiative: a counterforce to globalization reversal, in HANDBOOK ON CHINA AND GLOBALIZATION (2019), pp. 156-174, ISBN 978-1-78536-607-9
  3. Gao, B, INTRODUCTION The Social Construction of Competitive Advantage, China: an International Journal, vol. 14 no. 1 (February, 2016), pp. 3-18, NUS PRESS PTE LTD
  4. Gao, B, Neoliberal and Classical Developmentalism: A Comparative Analysis of the Chinese and Japanese Models of Economic Development, in MODERN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN JAPAN AND CHINA: DEVELOPMENTALISM, CAPITALISM, AND THE WORLD ECONOMIC SYSTEM (2013), pp. 68-97, ISBN 978-1-137-32307-1
  5. Gao, B, “The United States is Leading the Third Industrial Revolution” (in Chinese), The Phoenix Weekly, vol. 437 (June, 2012), pp. 76-78