Areas of expertise:
Comparative politics and international relations in Pacific Asia, UN peacekeeping, authoritarianism, environmental politics, and politics in developing countries
Ph.D., Princeton University
Jing Chen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College. She teaches courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations with a focus on Pacific Asia, UN, Authoritarianism, Emerging Powers, and US-China Relations. She is the author of Useful Complaints: How Petitions Assist Decentralized Authoritarianism in China(Lexington, 2016). The book argues that petitions help Chinese central government to maintain its decentralized authoritarian regime by providing an information edge in its relations with local officials and citizens. In addition to her research on the petition system and decentralized authoritarianism in China, she has also published in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics, such as China’s participation in U.N. peacekeeping and China’s policy toward Japanese war criminals. Her current research focuses on China’s policy towards Responsibility to Protect and environmental NGOs. She was born in China. Before earning her doctoral degree at Princeton, she received BA and MA in international politics at Peking University, Beijing, China.
Recent courses taught:
Introduction to Comparative Politics
US Foreign Policy
US & China: Images & Politics
East Asian Politics
Peacekeeping & Security
Distinctions (awards, fellowships, and grants):
Faculty Research Grant, Hartwick College, AY2017-2018
Startup Grant, Hartwick College, AY2016-2018
Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and Environment Grant, 2012-2016
Faculty Development Grant, Eckerd College, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Fall 2015
Friends of the Library Supplemental Book Grant, Eckerd College, Spring 2012, Spring 2013
Suntrust Grant, Eckerd College, Spring 2012
Dean’s Fund for Scholarly Travel, Princeton University, Spring 2011
Dissertation Writing Fellowship and Tuition Support, East Asian Studies Program, Princeton University, AY2010-2011
Conference Travel Grant, East Asian Studies Program, Princeton University, Spring 2010
Bradley Research Program Fellowship, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, AY2009-2010
Research Fellow, Center for Rural China Governance, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, AY2008-2009
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Summer Grant, 2008 and 2009
Program in East Asian Studies Summer Grant, Princeton University, 2008 and 2009
Department of Politics Summer Grant, Princeton University, 2008
East Asian Studies Fellowship, Princeton University, AY2005 to 2007
Graduate Student Fellowship, Princeton University, AY2005 to 2010
Visiting Student Fellowship, Waseda University and SASAKAWA Peace Foundation, Summer 2003
SASAKAWA Peace Foundation Fellowship, Peking University, AY2001 to 2004
ING ANTAI Scholarship, Peking University, AY2001-2002
2016. Jing Chen, Useful Complaints: How Petitions Assist Decentralized Authoritarianism in China, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
2014. Jing Chen, “Petitioning as Policymaking: Chinese Rural Tax Reform,” in Democratization in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia?Local and National Perspectives, eds. By Kate Zhou, Shelley Rigger, and Lynn White, Routledge. pp.156-172.
2016. Jing Chen, “Petitioning Beijing: Subnational Variation,” The Journal of Contemporary China, Vol.25, No.101, pp.760-776.
2012. Jing Chen, “Who Participates in Collective Petitions in Rural China,” Journal of Chinese Political Science, Vol.17, No.3, pp.251-268.
2009. Jing Chen, “The Trial of Japanese War Criminals in China: The Paradox of Leniency,” China Information, Vol. 23, No.3, November. pp.447-472.
2009. Jing Chen, “Explaining the Change in China’s Attitude toward UN Peacekeeping: A Norm Change Perspective,” The Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 18, No. 58, January. pp.157-173.