Kyle Chan, *23

Fast Track: State Capacity and Railway Bureaucracies in China and India

Kyle Chan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer in Sociology at Princeton University and affiliated with the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China and the M. S. Chadha Center for Global India. His research focuses on industrial policy, clean technology, and infrastructure with a regional focus on China and India.

His previous work drew on two years of fieldwork in China and India comparing railway infrastructure development between these two countries. He has also published work on Chinese state-owned enterprises and Indian state bureaucracy.

He is currently working on a book on Chinese industrial policy that aims to explain how China came to dominate certain industries today that had originally been led by the US, Japan, and other industrialized nations. These industries include electric vehicles, solar, high-speed rail, and consumer electronics. The book will describe the wide range of industrial policy tools used in China and their ongoing efforts in other industries, such as semiconductors and biotechnology.

Kyle Chan writes a popular newsletter called High Capacity on industrial policy, clean technology, and infrastructure, particularly in China and India. He has been interviewed by international media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Fortune, Vox, MIT Technology Review, and India‚Äôs Economic Times. Twitter/X: @kyleichan.


Ph.D., Sociology, Princeton University

M.Sc., Political Sociology, London School of Economics

B.A., Economics, University of Chicago

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