Diana Fu is an assistant professor of political science at The University of Toronto and an affiliate of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy Asian Institute. Her research focuses on popular contention, state power, and civil society in contemporary China. Her book, Mobilizing Without the Masses, Control and Contention in China (Cambridge University Press, 2018), examines how weak civil society mobilizes under authoritarian rule. It won the 2018 American Political Science Association’s Gregory Luebbert Prize for the best book in comparative politics published in the previous two years. It also won the 2019 best book award from the International Studies Association’s Political Sociology section. Her articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics (2019), The China Journal (2018), Governance (2017), Comparative Political Studies (co-winner of the best article published by the journal in 2017), and Modern China (2009). Her current project is on authoritarian citizenship and thought control in an illiberal era.

Dr. Fu holds an M.Phil. in development studies and a D.Phil. in politics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She has previously served on the final selection committee of the Rhodes Scholarship in China. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center. She also held a predoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Fu's research and commentary have appeared in Boston ReviewCanadian Broadcasting CorporationThe Economist, Financial TimesReuters, and The New York Times, among others. She was a television host for a public education documentary series, “China Here and Now,” for TV Ontario. She enjoys Latin dancing and creative writing.

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