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 (Cambridge University Press, 2021) examines how rising industrial conflict is transforming the Chinese state from below, with complicated results for activists and authorities alike. Articles of mine have appeared in China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, and China Information. 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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