Diana Fu

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  • Comparative Politics
  • Development Studies


  • B.A. (Hons.), University of Minnesota
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford
  • D. Phil., University of Oxford

Diana Fu

Assistant Professor


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 manuscript, ‘Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China’ (forthcoming, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics and Columbia University Weatherhead East Asia Series) 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. Articles that are part of this broader project have appeared in Governance (Forthcoming), Comparative Political Studies (2017) and Modern China (2009) among others. 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,
The Economist has covered her recent research on mayor’s mailboxes in China. Her public engagement includes contributions to 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.

Research Interests

  • Contentious Politics and Social Movements
  • Chinese Politics
  • Civil Society
  • International Development
  • Labour Politics
  • Feminist Theory

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