Advisory Committee

  • Kent Jennings

    M. Kent Jennings is professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and professor emeritus, University of Michigan.  His specialties include political socialization, public opinion and political participation, and gender and politics. He has conducted research in the United States and collaborated with others on projects in Western Europe and China.  He is the author or co-author of Community Influentials, The Image of the Federal Service, The Political Character of Adolescence, Governing American Schools, Generations and Politics, Parties in Transition, and Continuities in Political Action. Jennings is a past president of the International Society of Political Psychology and of the American Political Science Association.

  • Pierre Landry

    Pierre F. Landry is professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a political scientist working in the area of comparative politics. He researches the politics of authoritarian regimes, with some emphasis on East and South East Asia (China, Vietnam), as well as the impact of governance (good or bad) and the rule of law (or lack thereof) on the stability of political regimes.He is the author of Decentralized Authoritarianism in China: The Communist Party’s Control of Local Elites in the Post-Mao Era (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 

  • Melanie Manion

    Melanie Manion is Vilas-Jordan Distinguished Achievement Professor, with a joint appointment in political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin−Madison. She studied philosophy and political economy at Peking University in the late 1970s, was trained in Far Eastern studies at McGill University and the University of London, and earned her doctorate in political science at the University of Michigan in 1989. She focuses on contemporary authoritarianism, with empirical research on bureaucratic reform, political corruption, and subnational representation in China. She is the recipient of numerous research awards, most recently from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, and University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School. Publications include Retirement of Revolutionaries in China (Princeton University Press, 1993), Corruption by Design (Harvard University Press, 2004), Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (edited with Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, and Kenneth Lieberthal, Cambridge University Press, 2010) and articles in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and China Quarterly. She has recently completed a book on Chinese local congresses to be published by Cambridge University Press.

  • Wenfang Tang

    Wenfang Tang is Professor of Political Science and International Studies and C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Hua Hsia Chair of Chinese Culture and Institutions at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Chinese Urban Life under Reform: The Changing Social Contract (with William Parish, Cambridge University Press, 2000), Public Opinion and Political Change in China (Stanford University Press, 2005), and Populist Authoritarianism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2015), and many articles in academic journals including American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Policy, China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, among others. Further information is available here.

  • Yuhua Wang

    Yuhua Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research has focused on state institutions and state-business relations in China. Yuhua is the author of Tying the Autocrat’s Hands: The Rise of the Rule of Law in China (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Yuhua received B.A. and M.A. from Peking University (Beijing, China) in 2003 and 2006 and Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Michigan in 2011. From 2011 to 2015, he was assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. 

  • Joss Wright

    Dr. Joss Wright is Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute,University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the analysis of internet filtering and its development, and on the design of privacy enhancing technologies.
    Dr. Wright has advised the European Commission, as well as a number of EU research projects, on the social, legal and ethical impacts of security technologies, and the UK Office of National Statistics on privacy issues in the design of the UK census. He has published articles on privacy, social media and online activism for the Guardian and Observer newspapers, amongst others.