My publication record demonstrates the empirical, theoretical, and multidisciplinary nature of my research. By publishing in a wide variety of top journals, I aim to reach a broader and more diverse audience.

A full and frequently updated list of publications can be found on my downloadable CV. More information about my publications can also be accessed through profiles on Google Scholar and LSE Research Online



Social Organizations and the Authoritarian State in China, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Reviews of the book

‘The mix of theory, detail, and insight make this an important book. Researchers of social movements, civil society, and authoritarianism as well as international donors and policy-makers will enjoy reading this book.’  Perspectives on Politics

‘Illuminating reading with rich data that deepens our understanding of state-society relations in contemporary China. It makes important contributions to scholarship on the roles of social organizations, not only in China, but also in authoritarian contexts in general.’ American Journal of Sociology

‘An outstanding study, highly recommended for a wide variety of audiences.’ Pacific Affairs  


Referred journal articles


“Conceptualizing government-organized non-governmental organizations” with Reza Hasmath and Jennifer Y.J. Hsu Journal of Civil Society, forthcoming.


“The One-Child Policy, Eldercare, and LGB Chinese: A Social Policy Explanation for Family Pressure,” Journal of Homosexuality, forthcoming, available online in Firstview DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1422946 [Journal]

“The next trans-Atlantic frontier: Examining the impact of language choice on support for transgender policies in the UK and US,” with Leticia Bode, Atlantic Journal of Communication 26(4): 240-250. DOI: 10.1080/15456870.2018.1494178 [Journal]


"Negotiating in/visibility: the political economy of lesbian activism & rights advocacy,” with Lynette Chua Development and Change 48(4) 639-662. DOI: 10.1111/dech12314 [Journal]


“’Going Out’ or Staying In? The Expansion of Chinese NGOs in Africa,” with Reza Hasmath and Jennifer Y.J. Hsu, Development Policy Review 34: 3 (2016): 423-439. DOI: 10.1111.dpr.12157 [Journal] [LSE eprint]

  • Reprinted in a 2018 'virtual themed issue' by Development Policy Review highlighting some of the best China in Africa research in celebration of the upcoming Summit of the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation in September. All articles in the issue are free to download until November 2018.


“From Health Crisis to Rights Advocacy? HIV/AIDS and gay activism in China and Singapore” with Lynette J. Chua, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 25 (2014): 1583-1605. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-013-9429-7 [Journal]


“The Domestic Politics of Humanitarian Intervention: Public Opinion, Partisanship and Ideology,” with Courtney Hillebrecht, Peter M. Holm, and Jon Pevehouse, Foreign Policy Analysis, 9:3 (2013): 243-266. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-8594.2012.00189.x [Journal]


“Development and Division: The Effect of Transnational Linkages and Local Politics on LGBT Activism in China,” Journal of Contemporary China, 21, no. 77 (2012): 845-862. DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2012.684967 [Journal]

“Understanding the Challenges and Rewards of Social-Ecological Research in China” with J. Baumgartner, E. Doucet-Beer, B. Robinson, J. Van Den Hoek, and J. Zinda, Society & Natural Resources, vol 25, no. 12 (2012): 1324-1329. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2012.658985 [Journal]


“The Political Economy of Social Organization Registration in China,” The China Quarterly, December, no. 208 (2011): 970-989. DOI: 10.1017/S0305741011001093 [Journal]

“Same-sex Marriage in China? The Strategic Promulgation of a Progressive Policy and its Impact on LGBT Activism,” Review of International Studies, 37 (2011): 1313-1333. DOI: 10.1017/S026021051000080X [Journal]

Chapters in edited volumes

“From NGO to Enterprise: The Political Economy of Activist Adaptation in China,” in NGO Governance and Management in China, eds. Reza Hasmath and Jennifer Y.J. Hsu (New York: Routledge, 2015) [PDF]

“Green Activism? Reassessing the Role of Environmental NGOs in China” with Jennifer L. Turner in State and Society Responses to Social Welfare Needs: Serving the People, eds. Jonathan Schwartz and Shawn Shieh (New York: Routledge, 2009)

Book reviews

“The hidden public health costs of doing business in China,” review of Occupational Hazards: Sex, Business, and HIV in Post-Mao China by Elanah Uretsky, The Lancet Infectious Diseases Vol. 16 (2016): 1341. DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30485-6 [LSE eprint]

Book Review: Civil Society under Authoritarianism by Jessica C. Teets. The China Quarterly, Vol. 221 (2015): 245-6. DOI: 10.1017/S0305741015000053 [LSE eprint]

Book Review: Communication, Public Opinion, and Globalization in Urban China by Francis L.F. Lee, et al. Pacific Affairs, Vol. 88 No. 1 (2015): 174-6

Double Book Review: Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China by Xi Chen and Protest with Chinese Characteristics by Ho-Fung Hung. Perspectives on Politics, 12, no. 1 (2014): 257-59. DOI: 10.1017/S1537592714000486