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

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Diana Fu is associate professor of political science at The University of Toronto and director of the East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute. She is a non-resident fellow at Brookings and a public intellectuals fellow at the National Committee on US-China Relations. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College. Her research examines popular contention, state control, civil society, and authoritarian citizenship, with a focus on contemporary China. She is author of the award-winning book “Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China” (2018, Cambridge). Based on political ethnography inside labor organizations, it uncovers how China’s migrant workers organized for rights without protesting en masse. It received best book awards from American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the International Studies Association. She has written about ethnographic methods and was editor of a special issue for Comparative Political Studies (2021).

Research Interests

  • Contentious Politics and Social Movements
  • Chinese Politics
  • International Development
  • Labour and Gender
  • Political Ethnography

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