Jean C. Oi
Department of Political Science
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-26044
Jean C. Oi is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics in the Department of Political Science and a Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. She is the founding director of the China Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the inaugural Lee Shau Kee Director of the Stanford Center at Peking University.
Her work focuses on comparative politics, with special expertise on political economy and the process of reform in transitional systems. Oi has written extensively on China's rural politics and political economy. Her recent publications include “Development Strategies and Poverty Reduction in China,” in Yusuf Bangura, ed., The Developmental Road to Poverty Reduction, (2015); and “Creating Corporate Groups to Strengthen China’s State-Owned Enterprises,” with Zhang Xiaowen, in Kjeld Erik Brodsgard, ed., Globalization and Public Sector Reform in China (2014); and “Shifting Fiscal Control to Limit Cadre Power in China's Towns and Villages,” with Kim Singer Babiarz, Linxiu Zhang, Renfu Luo and Scott Rozelle, (China Quarterly 2012). Oi’s recent edited volumes include, Going Private in China: The Politics of Corporate Restructuring and System Reform (2011); Adapt, Fragment, Transform: Corporate Restructuring and System Reform in Korea, with Byung-Kook Kim and Eun Mee Kim, (2012); and Syncretism: The Politics of Economic Restructuring and System Reform in Japan, with Kenji E. Kushida and Kay Shimizu, (2013); and Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China's Transformation, with Scott Rozelle and Xueguang Zhou, (2010).
Currently, she continues research on the politics of corporate restructuring and on rural finance and local governance in China. Most recently, Oi has been studying challenges in China’s rapid urbanization. She has been doing fieldwork on the organization of rural communities and the provision of public goods, especially affordable housing.