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James Tong

James Tong


Contact Information

Office  3377 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-3464
James Tong works in Comparative Politics, specializing in Chinese Politics and political violence. He was the Director for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science from 1994-97, and is the current Director of the Center for East Asian Studies. His publications on China include studies of peasant revolts from the Fourteenth to Seventeenth Century, the 1989 Democracy Movement, and Intergovernmental fiscal relations. His current research interests are civil society, gender and political participation, agency problems and control in China, and the Asian financial crisis. These projects received support from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. His Stanford University book on Disorder Under Heaven was nominated for the Association of Asian Studies^aEURTM Joseph Levenson Best Book Award in Pre-Twentieth Chinese Studies. It contains research that won the American Political Science Association's Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. Professor Tong has engaged in collaborative research projects with investigators from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing University, People's University, Academia Sinica (Taipei), National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, Chinese University of Hong Kong.


University of Michigan

Fields of Study

Comparative Politics

Current Courses by Term

2018 Fall Quarter

Government and Politics of China: Chinese Revolution and Age of Mao Zedong

Honors Contracts

Honors Research in Political Science

2019 Winter Quarter

Political Violence

Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Comparative Government