Bruce J. Dickson

Bruce J. Dickson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe 480
Phone: 202-994-4186
Fax: 202-994-7743

Areas of Expertise

Chinese domestic politics, East Asian politics, political change and democratization, comparative politics, U.S.-China relations.


Professor Dickson's research and teaching focus on political dynamics in China, especially the adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party and the regime it governs. In addition to courses on China, he also teaches on comparative politics, authoritarianism, and democratization.

His current research examines the political consequences of economic reform in China, and in particular the Communist Party's strategies for generating new sources of popular support. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the US Institute of Peace. In 2006-2007, he was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1994



He is the author of Wealth into Power: The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and Democratization in China and Taiwan: The Adaptability of Leninist Parties (Oxford University Press, 1998), articles in Asian SurveyChina QuarterlyComparative PoliticsComparative Political StudiesCurrent History, Journal of Democracy, and Political Science Quarterly, and is co-editor of four other books.

Office Hours

TR 2:00-4:00pm