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Tingting Ding

Graduate Student

Political Science


  • Subfields/areas of study: urban politics and political theory
  • Research question(s) that interest you: privatization, equality and justice; governance reform in China
  • Awards, fellowships, or similar accomplishments

Fall 2017 – Present, in the U.S.

2020 Chancellor’s Student Service Award

2020 Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship

Teaching Assistantship (Fall 2018 – Spring 2020), UIC

Ragsdale Fellowship (2017-2018), UIC


Before Fall 2017, in China

2016 Honored Staff for Excellent Individual Progress, Greatwall Strategy Consulting Institute (GSCI)

2016 Outstanding Project for Excellent Cross-Sector Collaboration, GSCI

2015 Honored Master’s Thesis, CUFE ( )

2014 Honored Graduated Student in the Master’s Program, CUFE

Outstanding Graduate Student, CUFE, 2013

First Prize Scholarship, QUST, 2011

Outstanding Team for Science and Technology Innovation, QUST, 2010

Second Prize in National Postgraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling, NPGMCM Committee, China, 2009

Second Prize in China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling, Ministry of Education of China, 2009



I have great passion with anything new and I have been fascinated with the application of knowledge in solving public issues. After I got a master’s degree in economics in Beijing, China, I worked on economic development issues and political institution reforms in strategy consulting institutes/ groups for several years. From working with government agencies at different levels and with state-owned enterprises, I have a good knowledge about policy making process and the ongoing issues and reforms in China. As globalization is swiping everywhere, including China, I was motivated to train myself in an international program in political science to better understand China’s public issues in a global context. In addition, I believe in the importance of civic engagement and thus I served as a department representative in GSC in Fall 2017 and as a senator in Senate Research Committee in Fall 2018 – Spring 2019. I am currently a senator in Senate Budget, Planning and Priorities Committee.


Ph.D. Student, Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Chicago, USA, Fall 2017 - Present

M.A., Economics, Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), Beijing, China, 09, 2011 - 06, 2014
Internationally Oriented Program.
field: labor economics, focusing on human capital measurement, impact and policy.
B.S., Information and Calculation Science, Qingdao University of Science and Technology
(QUST), Qingdao, China, 09, 2007 - 07, 2011
field: applied mathematics, focusing on mathematical theories and their application within computer technology.

• Training program
Summer Postgraduate Program in Economic Thoughts, Peking University, Beijing, China, 7, 2016

Selected Presentations

Ding Tingting, Wang Shirui, and Yu li, “Intergenerational Income Mobility in Urban China - An Estimation Based on Jorgenson-Fraumeni Income Approach,” Economic Theory and Business Management (CSSCI), July 2016, 36 (7): 83-97,


China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research, Human Capital In China 2012, The 4th International Symposium on Human Capital and The Labor Market & the Release of The China Human Capital Report, December 2012, Beijing, China,

(core team member)

Research Currently in Progress


In Spring 2020, I contribute my efforts to further understanding Chinese politics through taking seminars in Chinese politics. Meanwhile, I am doing my research on privatization and state-business model in China.