Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty with Sara Friedman

Sara Friedman joins me to discuss her new book, Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty. The book explores with incredible detail and nuance the exceptional world of borders, immigration, and sovereignty while keeping its focus on the people—Chinese and Taiwanese spouses, but also the bureaucrats that watch them—whose lives make up this story.

David McBride on the Academic Book Market

I break from form to talk with Oxford University Press editor David McBride about publishing academic books on China. He helped publish my first book, Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China, last year. Apologies for the background noise, the audio was recorded during the APSA meetings in San Francisco last week.

Rachel Stern and the Outpost Office

I talk with Rachel Stern about her paper “The Outpost Office: How International Law Firms Approach the China Market” (with Su Li), published in Law & Social Inquiry in 2015. Apologies for the long delay–this summer, I moved from Ohio State to Cornell. Now that I’m mostly set up in White Hall, I hope to record and release episodes regularly.

Tying the Autocrat’s Hands with Wang Yuhua

On this third episode of the ChinaLab podcast, I chat with Wang Yuhua who is currently an assistant professor of political science at UPenn (but will be at Harvard starting next fall) about his new book, Tying the Autocrat’s Hands: The Rise of the Rule of Law in China, published this year by Cambridge University Press.

Building a New Countryside with Kristen Looney

This new episode of the ChinaLab podcast has my conversation with Kristen Looney of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service about her research on rural development. In particular, we focused on her paper, “China’s Campaign to Build a New Socialist Countryside: Village Modernization, Peasant Councils, and the Ganzhou Model of Rural Development,” which is forthcoming at the China Quarterly.