Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Bruce Dickson

Bruce J. Dickson

Title — Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Office — Monroe 480

Office Hours — Thursday 2:00-4:00pm

Phone — (202) 994-4186; Fax: (202) 994-7743

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

Chinese domestic politics, East Asian politics, political change and democratization, comparative politics, U.S.-China relations


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994


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Professor Dickson's research and teaching focus on political dynamics in China, especially the adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party and the regime it governs. In addition to courses on China, he also teaches on comparative politics, authoritarianism, and democratization.

His current research examines the political consequences of economic reform in China, and in particular the Communist Party's strategies for generating new sources of popular support. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the US Institute of Peace. In 2006-2007, he was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


He is the author of Wealth into Power: The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and Democratization in China and Taiwan: The Adaptability of Leninist Parties (Oxford University Press, 1998), articles in Asian Survey, China Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Current History, Journal of Democracy, and Political Science Quarterly, and is co-editor of four other books.