UH Professor Awarded $75,000 MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Nov 26, 2002

Guobin Yang, an assistant professor of sociology and faculty member of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was recently named the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his research and writing efforts. He is one of 30 to win the award out of more than 460 applicants worldwide.

Yang‘s project, entitled "The Informatization of NGOs in China," will examine Information Technology adoption by various types of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), especially environmental NGOs, in order to understand the impact of technological change on the transformation of civil society institutions. The MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing grant is presented to individuals with projects that contribute to understandings of challenges to peace, security, and human dignity in the contemporary world.

Yang, whose areas of teaching include sociological theory, cultural analysis and modern Chinese society, has published several award-winning articles on China‘s Red Guard Movement and social movement mobilization in China and Eastern Europe in 1989, as well as articles on the impact of the Internet on Chinese civil society. His current projects examine different dimensions of the interactions between technological change and institutional transformation in China and their implications for sustainable development and grassroots democracy.

Born in China, Yang completed his PhD in English Literature with a specialization in Literary Translation from the Beijing Foreign Studies University, and also received a PhD in Sociology from New York University. He has received many awards and fellowships, including a Sino-British Fellowship Trust Fund Award from The British Academy, two Henry Luce Foundation Fellowships from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, and a New York University Dean‘s Dissertation Fellowship.