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, “Mobilizing Without the Masses,” (2018, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series and Columbia University’s Studies of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute), examines state control and civil society contention in China. Articles that are part of this broader project have appeared in Governance (2017), Comparative Political Studies (2017), and The China Journal (2018), 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.
Her writing and research have appeared in Reuters, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, the 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
  • Gender and Politics
  • Labour Politics
  • International Development
  • Qualitative Methods

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