Stanley Rosen

East Asian Studies Center

Stanley Rosen is the Director of the East Asian Studies Center at USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and a professor of political science at USC specializing in Chinese politics and society.

He studied Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong and has traveled to mainland China almost forty times over the last thirty years. His courses range from Chinese politics and Chinese film to political change in Asia, comparative politics theory, and politics and film in comparative perspective.

The author or editor of six books and many articles, he has written on such topics as the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese legal system, public opinion, youth, gender, human rights, and the media. He is the editor of Chinese Education and Society and a frequent guest editor of other translation journals. His most recent book is “State and Society in 21st Century China: Crisis, Contention and Legitimation” [RoutledgeCurzon, 2004] (edited with Peter Hays Gries).

One recent project, funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, was a study of the political transition in China. More specifically, the project sought to identify the major debates preoccupying the policy-making elites and those trying to influence them, to clarify the major fault lines between different schools of thought, and to ascertain how these debates enter the political realm.

These debates include such topics as the Chinese view of their rightful place in the world, the relationship between foreign investment and China's national industries, the reform of state-owned enterprises, central-provincial relations, and the impact of nationalism on China's foreign relations. Other projects include a study of Hollywood films in China and the "reverse brain drain," which examines the situation of those who had studied abroad and then returned to China.

In addition to his academic activities at USC, Professor Rosen has escorted eleven delegations to China for the National Committee on US-China Relations and consulted for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the United States Information Agency, the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office and a number of private corporations and U.S. government agencies.

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