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Friedman, Edward

Board of Scholars

Edward Friedman is a member of the USC U.S.-China Institute's Board of Scholars and as such is a key advisor to the institute. Before his retirement, he held the Hawkins Chair Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin. His teaching and research interests include international political economy, democratization, Chinese politics, revolution, and the comparative study of transitions in Leninist States. His most recent books are Tombstone; The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962, by Yang Jisheng and co-edited with Guo Jian and Stacy Mosher (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) Asia's Giants: Comparing China and India, co-edited with Bruce Gilley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), China's Rise, Taiwan's Dilemmas and International Peace (Routledge, 2005), Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village China, co-authored with Paul Pickowicz and Mark Selden (Yale, 2005), What if China doesn't democratize? Implications for war and peace (East Gate Book, 2001), National Identity and Democratic Prospects in Socialist China (M.E. Sharpe, 1995), and The Politics of Democratization: Generalizing the East Asian Experience (Westview,1994), Chinese Village, Socialist State, co-authored with Paul Pickowicz, Mark Seldon, and Kay Ann Johnson (Yale, 1993).

Prof. Friedman's presentations at USC include:

"Waiting for Democracy - and waiting and waiting," April 20, 2007 (YouTube version)

"Why is there a 'Taiwan Problem' in U.S.-China relations," December 1, 2006


March 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the U.S.-China Institute and PEN America for the West Coast launch of the PEN America report on social media in China, Forbidden Feeds. We will discuss the report and Chinese social media more generally. 

April 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Los Angeles, California

"Finding Solutions" will focus on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We hope you will join this important discussion on April 6.