Diana Fu is an assistant professor of Asian Politics. Her research examines the relationship between popular contention, state power, and civil society in contemporary China. Her book “Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China,” is to be published in 2017 with Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series and Columbia University’s Studies of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute. It examines state control and civil society contention under authoritarian rule. Based on two years of ethnographic research that tracks the development of informal labor organizations, the book explores counterintuitive dynamics of organized contention in post-1989 China.
She holds a D.Phil. In Politics and an M.Phil. In Development Studies with distinction from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining the department, she was a Walter H. Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. She was also a Predoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research has been supported by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation, and the Rhodes Trust.
Her writing and research have appeared in The Economist, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Boston Review, Nick Kristof’s On the Ground Blog (The New York Times), PostGlobal, and Global Brief. She is a competitive Latin dancer and a creative writer.
- D.Phil. Oxford University, Politics (Distinction)
- M.Phil. Oxford University, International Development (Distinction)
- B.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Summa Cum Laude)
- Contentious Politics and Social Movements
- Chinese Politics
- Qualitative Methods and Ethnography
- International Development
- Labour and Gender Politics
Fu, Diana. 2017 Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China. Cambridge University Press, Contentious Politics Series. Also included in Columbia University Weatherhead Series on East Asia.
Fu, Diana and G. Distelhorst. 2018. "Grassroots Participation and Repression under Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping. "The China Journal."
Fu, Diana. 2017 "Fragmented Control: Governing Contentious Labour Organizations in China” Governance. 30(3): 445-462.
Fu, Diana, 2017 “Disguised Collective Action in China.” 2016. Comparative Political Studies. Vo. 50, No. 4, 499-527. Methods appendix published online, Oct. 2016.
Fu, Diana. 2009 “A Cage of Voices: Producing and Doing the Dagongmei in Contemporary China.” Modern China. 35(5) June: 527-561. PDF
Research covered by The Economist Magazine. “Chinese Officials Use Hotlines to Take Public’s Pulse: So why are there so many protests?” Feb 4th 2017.
- Contentious Politics and Social Movements (graduate)
- International Development in Political Perspective
- Contentious Politics in Comparative Perspective
- Chinese Politics