Manfred-Elfstrom-02.jpgWelcome to my site! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Previously, I served as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of International Relations and a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. I am interested in China, social movements, labor, and authoritarianism. My recent book Workers and Change in China: Resistance, Repression, Responsiveness uses a geo-referenced dataset of strikes by Chinese workers, as well as regional case studies grounded in extensive interviews, to examine how rising industrial conflict is transforming the Chinese state from below. I have a PhD from Cornell University’s Department of Government. Before entering academia, I worked in the non-profit world, supporting workers’ rights and improved grassroots governance in China.

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