Dr. WEN Bo (文博)

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
University of Southern California

Graduate Certificate in Digital Media and Culture 
University of Southern California
Master of Public Policy
University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism
Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China



Phone: +852 34428911

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I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at the City University of Hong Kong, with a research/teaching focus on intergovernmental relationships, public personnel management, and institutional analysis. Prior to joining CityU, I studied at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where I obtained a master’s degree in Public Policy, and at the University of Southern California (USC) where I earned my doctoral degree in Public Policy and Management.

My family background has played the most important role in shaping my career goals. I grew up in a family of scholars. My grandfather was a professor at a prestigious university in China, and my father also obtained a teaching position during his tenure as a Ph.D. student in Accounting. Although this type of family seems to be commonplace today, it was a rare phenomenon in the 1980s given the extreme scarcity of educational resources in China at the time.

Raised as the only child in this family, I was endowed with tremendous hope and wishful thoughts from my family members. Education, in this respect, was stressed as the highest priority. Hence, even when I was in elementary school, I was often asked by my parents to invite multiple classmates into my house to read books with me as a team. In retrospect, despite the fact that I have now forgotten the concrete contents that my study partners and I collectively reviewed, I still remember how my classmates were amazed by the endless shelves of books all throughout our house. Gradually, as I got older, it became one of my passions to read constantly. I believe everyone has had a similar feeling of how our accomplishments pale in comparison when we read a literary masterpiece. We admire the authors’ knowledge, their unique perspective on life, and hope one day we could be as intelligent and successful as they are.

Although my dreams of a scholastic profession were hazy at that time, I believe my love for study later inspired me to pursue an academic career and to absorb more knowledge in the ivory tower. Along with my nonmaterialistic goal of contributing further to the intellectual development of society, I also find myself intrinsically craving opportunities to transmit knowledge and help students whenever they encounter difficulties and need a receptive listener and/or an empathetic problem-solver. Since I have often fantasized about standing at the podium in a lecture hall at a top-notch university, students gazing up at me with rapt attention, starting my professorship journey at CityU is indeed a dream come true.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Organization Theory and Behavior
  • Public Personnel Management
  • Policy Implementation
  • Chinese Politics
  • Regulatory Governance
  • Civic Engagement


Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, University of Southern California (2013-2018)

  • Advisory Committee: Dr. Terry L. Cooper (chairperson), Dr. Shui-Yan Tang, Dr. Peter J. Robertson, Dr. Daniel A. Mazmanian, and Dr. Dowell Myers
  • Dissertation Committee: Dr. Shui-Yan Tang (chairperson), Dr. Terry L. Cooper, and Dr. William G. Resh
  • Dissertation Title: Three Essays on the Causes and Consequences of China’s Governance Reforms

Graduate Certificate in Digital Media and Culture, University of Southern California (2014-2018)

  • Compulsory Coursework in the Department of Cinematic Arts: Seminar in Contemporary Digital Media (IML 501L); Digital Pedagogies (IML 555); Transdisciplinary Media Design Practicum (IML 543)

Master of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles (2011-2013)

  • APP (Applied Policy Project) Advisor: Dr. Mark A.R. Kleiman

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China (2007-2011)