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. My research concerns China, social movements, labor, and authoritarianism. I recently published Workers and Change in China: Resistance, Repression, Responsiveness (Cambridge University Press, 2021), which shows how industrial conflict is transforming the Chinese state from below, with complicated results for activists and authorities alike. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in China Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Journal of Contemporary China, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, and elsewhere. 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 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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