Scholarly Publications

Cosmopolitan Cities and Nation States: Open Economies, Urban Dynamics, and Government in East Asia

February 2002

This essay is about the pivotal role cities play in the current pattern of social, cultural, and political change in East Asia.

At the Crossroads of Empires: Middlemen, Social Networks, and State-building in Republican Shanghai

December 2007

To a degree uncommon in among Chinese cities, Republican Shanghai had no center.

The Institutional Imperative: The Politics of Equitable Development in Southeast Asia

August 2011

Why do some countries in the developing world achieve growth with equity, while others do not?


Old Events

Divine Encounters, Wolf Killing and Mythological Patricide: Ainu Identities and Japanese Colonialism

October 11, 2004

Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Japanese "nationalism" (if such a term is even applicable) depended less on imagined similarities among Japanese than it did on their contrived...

State Building and Industrialization in India

March 6, 2007

Vivek Chibber is an associate professor of sociology and director of graduate studies at New York University. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, his M.A.

The Spiral of State-Building and Confucian Revolution in Choson Korea

October 5, 2007

On March 18, 1871, Taewongun (Grand Prince) who held real power when King Kojong (r.


An Expanding Toolkit: The Evolution of Governance in China

China has undergone historic economic, social and cultural transformations since its Opening and Reform.

The PRC at 70: Past, Present -- and Future?

IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE: In keeping with Stanford University's March 3 message to the campus community on COVID-19 and current recommendations of the CDC, the China Program is making modifications...


Dr. Jean C. Oi Jean C. Oi Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Photo of Xueguang Zhou Xueguang Zhou Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology