Tianyi Wang awarded 2023 John Charles Polanyi Prize in economic science

February 21, 2024 by U of T News

Tianyi Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts & Science, has been awarded the distinguished John Charles Polanyi Prize in economic science for 2023.

The Polanyi Prize is bestowed annually to early-stage researchers from Ontario universities. Given by the Ontario Council of Universities, the award is named in honour of John Charles Polanyi, University Professor Emeritus in the department of chemistry and recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize.

An applied microeconomist, Wang works primarily at the intersection of political economy and economic history. His research addresses the critical analysis of press independence, political discourse, and the foundations of open dialogue in the context of historical political repression.

It does so by examining the quantitative impact of McCarthyism on American society and democracy, particularly through studies on the Hollywood blacklist, which affected hundreds of professionals in the entertainment industry.

Wang’s forthcoming projects investigate the effects of McCarthyism on targeted groups like the press, labor unions, and liberal politicians. For example, one project will examine how journalists were subpoenaed to testify about their political beliefs, and the impact on press independence and political discourse.