Diana Fu

Diana Fu

Director, East Asia Seminar Series
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science






Room 3012, 100 St. George Street





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, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.  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 University Press and Columbia Weatherhead Series). Based on political ethnography inside labor organizations, it uncovers how China’s migrant workers organized for rights without protesting en masse. It received the 2018 American Political Science Association’s Luebbert Prize for the best book in comparative politics, the 2019 International Studies Association’s best book award in international political sociology, and the 2019 American Sociological Association’s Charles Tilly Book Award.  Her articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies (co-winner of the 2017 best article in CPS), Governance (winner of the 2019 American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarly Article Award), Modern China, Perspectives on Politics, and The China Journal.

Dr. Fu is a public intellectuals fellow at the National Committee on US-China Relations. Her research and commentary have appeared in BBC World Service, Bloomberg TV, CBCForeign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Reuters, US News & World Report, The EconomistThe Financial TimesThe Globe & Mail, and The New York Times, among others. She was a television host and script writer for the TVO documentary series, “China Here and Now.” 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. She is currently serving as National Co-secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship for China. She was previously a fellow at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She enjoys Latin dance and creative writing.

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