Christopher Heurlin

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Government

Christopher Heurlin - Bowdoin College

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Government And Legal Studies

38 College Street - 204

Teaching this semester

GOV 3410 / ASNS 3060. Capitalism and State Power in China

Christopher Heurlin
Seminar. Explores the paradoxes of contemporary China, a communist regime that boasts economic growth rates that are the envy of the world. While communism failed in Eastern Europe decades ago, the Chinese Communist Party has been surprisingly successful and leads one of the oldest dictatorships in the world. Explores how capitalism and state power actually work in China. Topics include ethnic conflict, patronage and corruption, elite politics, popular protest, elections, and civil society. Students develop and write a research paper on contemporary Chinese politics. Previous coursework in Chinese politics is not necessary.

GOV 2574. Rioters, Rebels, and Revolutionaries: Contentious Politics

Christopher Heurlin
Examines the rough and tumble world of contentious politics, which includes forms of social mobilization as diverse as riots, revolutions, and rebellions. While much of “routine politics” takes place through elections, examines activities that cross over into the extraordinary and asks questions such as: What is the relationship between elections and riots? Why do some revolutionary movements succeed while others fail? Given great personal risks, why do some people protest in dictatorships? How do states respond to protests and why? Examines the commonalities and differences between these diverse events through case studies throughout the developing world, including Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.


Ph.D. University of Washington, 2011
M.A. University of Washington, 2006
B.A. Carleton College, 2002