Yi-Tang has recently finished her PhD dissertation on statistical practices within international health organisations and their implementations in China at the University of Lausanne. She is currently a substitute lecturer at the Center of International History and the Political Studies of Globalization (Centre d’histoire internationale et d’études politiques de la mondialisation), University of Lausanne. She is also working with Loduvic Tournès, Thomas David and Davide Rodogno on the research project, ‘Rockefeller Fellows as Heralds of Globalization: the Circulation of Elites, Knowledge and Practices of Modernization (1920s-1970s)’, which obtained a four-year Swiss National Science Foundation grant. From summer 2018, she will be the post-doctoral researcher of this project.
Yi-Tang is currently working on a monograph which investigates the uses of statistics in international health organisations and their implementation in Chinese regimes (1917-1950s). Her research traces the historical mechanism and socio-political contexts that led statistics to become legitimate media of communication within international health organisations. It also analyses the statistical practices that actors at the international, national and local levels used to interact with each other. Her broad research interests concern the appropriation on the ground of international public health policies and programs, with emphasis on the practices and career trajectories of local experts who served as go-betweens connecting international, national, and local levels.