Junmin Wang is Associate Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2007 from New York University. During the academic year of 2007-2008, she was a post-doctoral fellow in China's political economy at the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business of Indiana University at Bloomington. Dr. Wang received her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Peking University, China.
Dr. Wang's main research integrates the sociological subfields of economic sociology, sociology of organizations, and comparative/global sociology with an empirical focus on globalization and the interactions between global processes and China's organizational and institutional changes. Her research combines theories of globalization and international political economy with theories of organizations, social change and economic sociology. Dr. Wang's research contributes to three categories of literature: (1) China's recent integration into the international market and the macro-level transformations in state/market relationships; (2) the institutional and organizational innovations in the global corporate setting; (3) China's ongoing economic reforms at the organizational level and their implications for China's political prospects. She has employed both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research projects.
Dr. Wang's book entitled State-Market Interactions in China's Reform Era: Local State Competition and Global Market Building in the Tobacco Industry is published by Routledge (2013). She has published peer-reviewed articles on China's political economy, state/market transitions, and institutional and organizational changes. These publications appear in Theory and Society, Comparative Sociology, Management and Organization Review, Research in the Sociology of Work, and European Journal of Sociology.
Dr. Wang's research has been founded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) during the years of 2005-2006 and of 2012-2014 and the Faculty Research Grant in Social Sciences, Business and Law of University of Memphis during the year of 2009-2010. Currently, Dr. Wang is conducting a research project regarding China's interactions with global capital and the implications for China's indigenous technological innovation, funded by the NSF's Science of Organizations Program. The project contributes to the thriving interdisciplinary literature on the recent globalization of capital and technology across the globe and the institutions of corporate governance in emerging markets. In her future research, Dr. Wang will continue examining the organizational and institutional processes shaping developing nations' transition towards being more global and more innovative.
Findings from this line of research offer policy insights into how developing countries can initiate organizational and institutional changes to take advantage of the potential benefits brought by global capital and international technology transfer over time. For advanced economies like the U.S., policy makers as well as corporate practitioners will benefit from the knowledge regarding industrial and technological transformations of emerging economies and their political-economic transitions in general during the ongoing globalization process, and thus develop better strategies of dealing with increasing competitiveness across the globe and building more effective partnerships with these emerging economies.
During the academic year of 2012-2013, Dr. Wang received the Early Career Research Award from College of Arts and Sciences at University of Memphis.