Diana Fu

Diana Fu

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science






Room 3012, 100 St. George Street




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: Control and Contention in China,”  (2018, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series; Columbia University’s Studies of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute), examines state control and civil society contention under authoritarian rule. The book won the 2018 Gregory Luebbert Prize for the best book in comparative politics from the American Political Science Association.

Her articles have appeared in Governance (2017), Comparative Political Studies (2017), The China Journal (2018), and Perspectives on Politics (forthcoming).  Her article, “Disguised Collective Action in China,” is co-winner of the best article published in Comparative Political Studies in 2017.

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 and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research has been supported by the Harold Hyram Wingate Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Her research and commentary have appeared in media outlets including Boston Review, CBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Reuters, and Nick Kristof’s On the Ground Blog (The New York Times), among others. She enjoys Latin dance and creative writing.


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

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