Current Research Project
“Controlling the Law: Rule of Law Development in China’s Southwest Minority Regions.”
(manuscript in progress), Visiting Scholar, Yunnan Nationalities University
-Based largely on fieldwork in Honghe, Wenshan, and Xishuangbanna Prefectures in Yunnan Province
2012-2013, this project examines processes for resolving conflicts between minority customary law and
national state law. Interview data with government officials at the central, provincial, prefectural, county,
township, and village levels as well as with villagers, legal scholars, and anthropologists provides insight into
central-local relations as well as broader rule of law issues.
Asia Pacific (editor and contributor)
(Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007)
Also translated in Korean.
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|Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics
in China (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers,
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[translation by the Yunnan Zhuang Studies Association
of Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China, forthcoming
Articles, Chapters, Published Reports
“Tensions and Violence in China’s Minority Regions,” in China Beyond the Headlines, Volume 3
Lionel Jenson and Timothy Westin (eds.) (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012)
"Field Research,” in Doing Political Science Research, Liz Smith and Akan Malici (eds) (Routledge,
Human Rights in Xinjiang: Recent Developments (Washington: Congressional-Executive Commission on
China), expert witness for Congressional Staff Roundtable on February 13, 2009.
“Chapter 1: Introduction” and “Chapter 4: Politics in the Asia Pacific” and “Chapter 10: Ethnicity,” in
Understanding the Contemporary Asia Pacific (editor and contributor) (Boulder: Lynne Rienner
“Special Focus 2005: China’s Minorities and Government Implementation of Regional Ethnic Autonomy
Law,” and “North Korean Refugees in China,” (lead author) Congressional-Executive Commission on
China 2005 Annual Report.
“Regionalism versus Ethnicnationalism in the People’s Republic of China” China Quarterly (December
2002; Winner 2002 Gordon White Award)
“China: Ethnic Conflict in the World’s Largest Multinational State,” in Joseph Rudolph (ed) Encyclopedia of
Modern Ethnic Conflict (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2003)
"一个西方学者看民族习惯法与国家制定法的调解过程和壮族的自我意识” (A Western
Scholar Views Minority Customary Law and State Law Conflict Resolution and Zhuang Ethnic
Identity), invited speaker at Yunnan Nationalities University Ethnic Research Institute
“Conflict and Violence in China’s Minority Regions: Is there A Way Out?” National Committee for
United States-China Relations Town Hall Meeting, Colby College, October 29, 2012 and at Bates
College October 30, 2012
“Rule of Law in China’s Ethnic Regions: What Happens When Minority Customary Law Conflicts with
State Law?” Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Association of Asian Studies, Philadelphia, PA
March 26, 2010.
“Violence in Xinjiang,” Domestic Challenges to China’s ‘Peaceful Development’,” East Asian Institute,
UC Berkeley, September 30, 2009
“Minority Policy in China,” The Race in Culture Conference, Ohio State University, May 1-2, 2009
“Minority Law and Policy,” invited speaker, East Asia Center and the Tibet Center, University of
Virginia, April 10, 2009
“The Regional Ethnic Autonomy Law,” invited speaker, Columbia University Law School, February 2009
“Terrorism and Government Policy in Xinjiang,” Columbia University Law School Graduate Seminar,
“China’s Minority Policy: Causes, Implications, and Recommendations for Resolving Ethnic Conflict in the
PRC” Foreign Service Institute 2005, 2006
“Promoting the Rights of Ethnic Minorities,” Rule of Law Developments in China Conference held by the
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the National Intelligence Council, and the Bureau of
Intelligence and Research, November 2005.
“Ethnic Conflict in Xinjiang: Negotiating A Solution,” Syracuse University Graduate School course on
Chinese Politics, Washington Center, Summer 2005
“The China Disabled Person’s Federation,” paper presented at the American Political Science
Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, September 2004.
“Ethnic Brothers? The Impact of Sino-Vietnamese Relations on Ethnic Identity,” presented at the
Southeastern Regional Conference of the Asssociation of Asian Studies, Jekyll Island, GA January
2003 and the National Association of Asian Studies Meeting, New York City, March 2003.
“China’s Poverty Alleviation Program: An Institutional Assessment,” Southeastern Conference of the
Association of Asian Studies, Duke University, January 2000.
“壮族的地方观念和民族观念的比较”(Zhuang Regionalism and Ethnicnationalism: A Comparison), paper
presented in Chinese at the First International Zhuang Studies Symposium, Wuming Guangxi, People’s
Republic of China, April 1999. In Chinese.