Sun & Star | China’s Evolving Economy and Society: A Long View

Thursday, September 29, 2016 (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map)

WalderAndrew G. Walder is the Denise O’Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

A political sociologist, Walder has long specialized on the sources of conflict, stability, and change in communist regimes and their successor states. His publications on China have ranged from the political and economic organization of the Mao era to changing patterns of stratification, social mobility, and political conflict in the post-Mao era. Another focus of his research has been on the political economy of Soviet-type economies and their subsequent reform and restructuring. His current research focuses on popular political mobilization in late-1960s China and the subsequent collapse and rebuilding of the Chinese party-state.

Walder received his PhD in sociology at the University of Michigan in 1981 and taught at Columbia University before moving to Harvard in 1987. From 1995 to 1997, he headed the Division of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. From 1996 to 2006, as a member of the Hong Kong Government’s Research Grants Council, he chaired its Panel on the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business Studies.

His recent publications include China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed (Harvard University Press, 2015); “After State Socialism: The Political Origins of Transitional Recessions” (with Andrew Isaacson and Qinglian Lu), American Sociological Review(2015); “Public Housing into Private Assets: Wealth Creation in Urban China” (with Xiaobin He), Social Science Research(2014); “Social Stratification in Transitional Economies: Property Rights and the Structure of Markets” (with Tianjue Luo and Dan Wang), Theory and Society(2013); Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement (Harvard University Press, 2009); The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History, edited with Joseph Esherick and Paul Pickowicz (Stanford University Press, 2006); “Revolution, Reform, and Status Inheritance: Urban China, 1949-1996” (with Songhua Hu), American Journal of Sociology (2009); “Ownership, Organization, and Income Inequality: Market Transition in Rural Vietnam” (with Giang Hoang Nguyen) American Sociological Review (2008); “Ambiguity and Choice in Political Movements: The Origins of Beijing Red Guard Factionalism,” American Journal of Sociology (2006); and “Political Sociology and Social Movements,” in Annual Review of Sociology (2009).

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