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Jie Lu Associate Professor Department of Government

PhD, Political Science, Duke University
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MA, Political Science, Duke University
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MA, International Relations, Tsinghua University, China
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BE, Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

Languages Spoken
Dr. Lu studies local governance, the political economy of institutional change, public opinion, and political participation. His regional expertise focuses on the Greater China Region and East Asia. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Political Psychology, Politics & Society, Political Communication, Journal of Democracy, and other journals. He is the author of Varieties of Governance in China: Migration and Institutional Change in Chinese Villages (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015).
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SPA Department of Government
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • The Center for China Studies, Duke University
    Research Fellow

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Political economy of institutional change, political opinion and behavior in non- and new-democracies, evolution and change in political culture, Chinese politics, statistical modeling in political analysis.

Selected Publications

Anglo-American Special Relationship and British Policy toward China (1949-1954), (Xi’an: Xi’an Jiaotong University Press), 2003, co-authored with Mouhong Xue (in Chinese)         

“Political Experience: A Missing Variable in the Study of Political Transformation,” Comparative Politics, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2009, pp. 103-120, co-authored with Tianjian Shi

“China’s Environmental Diplomacy and Domestic Environmental Protection,” China Population Resources and Environment, Vol. 13, No. 5, 2003, pp. 11-15 (in Chinese)

“New Economy and the Income Inequality in the United States”, World Economics and Politics, No. 2, 2001, pp. 41-45 (in Chinese)


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • NCID Exemplary Diversity Scholar, National Center      for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students      Abroad, China Scholarship Council, 2009
  • Graduate Fellow, American Academy of Political      and Social Science, 2008
  • Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, Duke      University, 2008
  • Department of Political Science Fellowship, Duke      University, 2003-2007
  • Graduate School International Research Travel      Award, Duke University, 2006
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Asian Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University, 2004, 2006