Tian Guoqiang received a master’s degree in mathematics in 1982 and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1987.

After graduation, he taught at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor from 1987-1991 and as an associate professor from 1991-1995.  He has served as the dean of the College of Economics at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics since 2004.

As one of the first Yangtze Scholars selected by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and the first participants and evaluation experts of the Thousand People Plan, he is currently appointed as a member of the policy council for the Shanghai Municipal Government. Tian is also serving as adjunct faculty at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Central China University of Science and Technology, and honorary professor at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics. He serves on the editorial boards of “China Economics Review and Modern China Studies,” “American Review of China Studies,” and “China Economic Quarterly.”

In a survey of the top 1,000 global economists, he ranked #4 for number of publications and #6 for the number of citations among Chinese economists. Tian was recognized as one of the Ten Most Influential Economists in Mainland China by Wall Street Wire in 2005.