Vor Broker Family Professor
Melanie Manion is Vor Broker Family Professor of Political Science at Duke University. She studied philosophy and political economy at Peking University in the late 1970s, was trained in Far Eastern studies at McGill University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and earned her doctorate in political science at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on contemporary authoritarianism, with empirical work on bureaucracy, corruption, information, and representation in China. She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and American Council of Learned Societies. Her newest research investigates the political selection of “winners” in China’s ongoing anticorruption campaign. Recent research, in collaboration with Charles Chang, analyzes social media self-censorship in China. Her most recent book, Information for Autocrats (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines representation in Chinese local congresses. Previous publications include Retirement of Revolutionaries in China (Princeton University Press, 1993), Corruption by Design (Harvard University Press, 2004), and Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (edited with Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, and Kenneth Lieberthal, Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her articles have appeared in journals including American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and China Quarterly. She is an award-winning teacher.
- Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1989
"The challenge of corruption." China's Challenges. January 1, 2014. 125-138.
Manion, M. "Beyond enforcement: Anticorruption reform as a problem of institutional design." Preventing Corruption in Asia: Institutional Design and Policy Capacity. January 1, 2012. 1-11. Full Text
Shen, M, Yang, M, and Manion, M. "Measuring change and stability over a decade in the Beijing area study." Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies. January 1, 2010. 236-245. Full Text
"A survey of survey research on Chinese politics: What have we learned?." Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies. January 1, 2010. 181-199. Full Text
Manion, M. "Taking China’s anticorruption campaign seriously." Economic and Political Studies 4.1 (January 2, 2016): 3-18. Full Text
Manion, M. "Authoritarian Parochialism: Local Congressional Representation in China." The China Quarterly 218 (June 2014): 311-338. Full Text
Manion, M. "An Introduction to Survey Research on Chinese Politics." The China Quarterly 196 (December 2008): 755-755. Full Text
Manion, M. "When Communist Party Candidates Can Lose, Who Wins? Assessing the Role of Local People's Congresses in the Selection of Leaders in China." The China Quarterly 195 (September 2008). Full Text
"Chinese democratization in perspective: Electorates and selectorates at the township level." China Quarterly 163 (September 1, 2000): 764-782.
"Issues in Corruption Control in Post-Mao China." Issues and Studies 34.9 (January 1, 1998): 1-21.