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November 18, 2022

Cognition, Information, and the Politics of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Wuhan, China

Event Series: Chinese Politics and Economy Research Seminar Series


By the nature of field epidemiology and public health emergency, decision-makers must be quick in making tough judgement calls in the absence of complete information and uncertainties. Yet it is also stated upfront in the CDC Field Epidemiology Manual that the initial decisions might have to be modified in light of new information that becomes available with further investigation. In this talk, Prof. Dali L. Yang of the University of Chicago will share his recent study on the response and decision-making of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, China, in 2020.

This academic seminar is jointly sponsored by the Department of Government and the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University.


Dali L. Yang is the William Claude Reavis Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He has published widely on the politics of China’s development, governance, and global impact; his books include: Remaking the Chinese Leviathan (2004) and Calamity and Reform in China (1996). Yang is completing a book manuscript on China's response to COVID-19.