Feng Chen

Fudan Chair Professor


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Feng Chen received his bachelor's and master's degree in International politics from Fudan University, as well as a doctorate in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs of Syracuse University. From 1997 to 2020, he worked at Hong Kong Baptist University. He was the director of the degree program of Chinese Studies and the postgraduate coordinator of the Academy of Social Sciences. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Oriental Scholar at East China University of Political Science and Law. His research interests include Comparative Politics, Labor Politics, Labor Movement and Grassroots Governance. He has published English monographs, and published papers in more than ten famous international academic journals and top domestic journals. The latest Chinese monograph is published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press. Won the Gordon White Best Paper Award in The China Quarterly (2003), the first prize of the Chinese Sociology Annual Conference (2011), and the Humanities and Social Science Distinguished Scholar Award from the Research Grants Committee of the University of Hong Kong (2015). He has been awarded the Good Matching Research Fund (GRF) of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council six times.


Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Chinese Politics, Political Transition, Labor Politics in China


  • 1986-1992, Master and Ph.D. in Political Science, Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA

  • 1979-1986, Bachelor and Master of School of International Politics (Now renamed as School of International Relations & Public Affairs), Fudan University

Academic Papers:


  • Feng Chen, 'Local State Adhocracy: Infrastructural Power and Stability Maintenance in Grassroots China, ' Problems of Post-Communism, May 2019, pp.180-192

  • Feng Chen and Xuehui Yang, 'Movement-oriented labor NGOs in South China: Exit with Voice and Displaced Unionism', China Information, March 20, 2017, pp. 155–175.

  • Feng Chen and Yi Kang, 'Disorganized Contentions and Local Institutional Building in China,' Journal of Contemporary China, Volume 25, Issue 100, July 2016, pp. 596-612.

  • Feng Chen, 'China's Road to the Construction of Labor Rights,' The Journal of Sociology, March 2016, 52: 24-38, 2016.

  • Wenjia Zhuang and Feng Chen, ' ‘Mediation First!’ The Revival of Mediation in Labor Disputes in China,' The China Quarterly, Vol. 222, June 2015, pp. 380-402.

  • Feng Chen and Mengxiao Tang, 'Labor Conflicts in China: Typologies and Their Implications,' Asian Survey, No. 3 March 2013, pp. 559–583.

  • Feng Chen and Xin Xu, ' ‘Active Judiciary’: Judicial Dismantling of Workers’ Collective Action,' The China Journal, No. 67, January 2012, pp.87-108

  • Feng Chen, 'Trade Unions and the Quadripartite Process of Strike Settlement in China,' The China Quarterly, March 2010), pp.104-124.

  • Feng Chen, 'Union Power in China: Sources, Operation, and Constraints,' Modern China, Vol.35, Number 6 November 2009, pp. 662-689.

  • Feng Chen, 'Privatization and Its Discontents in Chinese Factories,' The China Quarterly, 185, March 2006, pp.42-60.

  • Feng Chen, 'Legal Mobilization by Trade Unions: The Case of Shanghai,' The China Journal, No.52, July 2004, pp.27-45.

  • Feng Chen, 'Between the State and Labor: The Conflict of Chinese Trade Unions' Double Identity,' The China Quarterly, No.176 (September 2003), pp.1006-1028.

  • Feng Chen, 'Industrial Restructuring and Workers' Resistance in China,' Modern China, Vol. 29, No. 2, April 2003, pp.237-262.

  • Feng Chen, 'A Subsistence Crisis, Managerial Corruption, and Labor Protest in China,' The China Journal, July 2000, pp.41-63.

  • Feng Chen, 'An Unfinished Battle in China: The Leftist Criticism of the Reform and the Third Thought Emancipation,' The China Quarterly, Vol.158 (June 1999), pp.447-467.

  • Feng Chen, 'Order and Stability in Social Transition: The Neoconservative Political Thought in Post-June Fourth China,' The China Quarterly, No.151 (September 1997), pp.593-613.

In Chinese

  • Chen, Feng. (2009). The Formation of Countries, System and the Working Class: A Review of Western Literature and Its Significance for the Study of Chinese Labor Issues. Sociological Studies. (《社会学研究》)

Books and Journal Special Issues

  • Chen, Feng. 2020. The Country and Labor in Contemporary China: Systems, Conflicts and Changes. The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.

  • Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship, Research Grants Council, 2015.

  • Gordon White, The China Quarterly, 2003.