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Melanie Manion CV

Vor Broker Family Distinguished Professor
Political Science CV


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.

Office Hours

Office: 140 Science Drive, 201 Gross Hall, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708

Campus box: 90204

Phone: 919.660.5951

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Vor Broker Family Distinguished Professor · 2016 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Department of Political Science · 2015 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Director of Graduate Studies-PhD of Political Science · 2024 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor · 1989 Ph.D.