Liangfei Ye

Liangfei  Ye
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive Room 316
  • East Lansing, MI 48824



Liangfei Ye is a fix-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin Madison in May 2021. He will teach SOC 331 Political Sociology, SOC 362 Developing Societies, and SOC 480 Survey in Fall 2021.

For the past decade, he has participated in more than 10 research projects, wrote six refereed journal papers and three conference papers about environmental sociology, sustainable development, and Chinese governance. In his spare time, he plans to complete his two ongoing papers, prepare a book manuscript based on his recent papers, and develop a theory of social space of local environmental protection.

His dissertation was about a theory of social space of Chinese local environmental protection. He used a meso-level organizing perspective to explore how the Chinese state’s power structure affected the local space of environmental protection; what the local heterogeneous actors’ positions, relations, and relational dynamics were; and how the local environmental protection bureaus’ structure and practices transformed in the process.  

His early research focused on developing indicator systems, policy frameworks, and other policy tools to build sustainable cities and studying social inequality in the building process. His other research used computational approaches, such as decomposition analysis, GIS mapping, and artificial neural network, to analyze health disparities, young people gaining and draining, and surface water quality.