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Mengyi Wang

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law


Mengyi Wang
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Mengyi’s research focuses on how legal rules and institutions impact both domestic and international political economies. In particular, her current work examines how the Federal Reserve’s monetary instruments and industrial-trade policy reconfigure the administrative state, the constitutional structure, and global economic governance. Additionally, she has a secondary interest in alternatives to patent law to foster innovation, driven by her background in hard science and patent litigation-prosecution. To address these questions, she employs a mixed-methods research approach, integrating doctrinal, quantitative, and qualitative methods.

Mengyi received her B.S. in chemistry and philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is currently completing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Prior to academia, her professional experience includes patent litigation and prosecution, international trade dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization, and development policy. Her work experience spans several countries, including the United States, China, Switzerland, and Qatar.

Mengyi speaks English, Chinese, and French. She has been an inconsistent practitioner of ballet and piano, but she keeps trying.


  • B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • J.D. Harvard Law School