Professor of Political Science
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Courtesy appointment to the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Office: VKC 361B
Phone: (213) 740-1697
Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 8/1979
M.A. International Relations, University of California - Los Angeles, 6/1966
B.A. English/Pre-Med, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 6/1965
Professor Stanley Rosen teaches political science, specializing in Chinese politics and society. He was the Faculty Master of University Residential College at Bimkrant, an honors college for USC’s best incoming students, from 2011-2017. Rosen lived on campus for 29 years as a resident faculty member. He studied Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong and has traveled to mainland China around 65 times in the last 37 years. His courses range from Chinese politics and Chinese film to political change in Asia, East Asian societies, comparative politics, and politics and film in comparative perspective. The author or editor of eight books and many articles, he has written on such topics as the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese legal system, public opinion, youth, gender, human rights, Sino-American relations, and film and the media. He has been the editor (now co-editor) of Chinese Education and Society since 1983. His most recent books include Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market  (co-edited with Peter Hays Gries) and Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema  (co-edited with Ying Zhu). He is currently co-editing a book on China's Soft Power. Ongoing projects include a study of the changing attitudes and behavior of Chinese youth, and a study of Hollywood films in China and the prospects for Chinese films on the international market, particularly in the United States. In addition to his academic activities at USC, Professor Rosen has escorted thirteen delegations to China for the National Committee on US-China Relations (including American university presidents, professional associations, and Fulbright groups). He is an affiliated research scholar at Beijing Normal University’s Research Institute for Chinese Culture and International Communications and a member of the international advisory board of Shanghai University’s Center for Media Studies and the Humanities Studies Center of Zhongshan University (Taiwan). He has consulted for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the United States Information Agency, the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office and a number of private corporations, law firms and U.S. government agencies.
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor Rosen is a specialist on politics in the People's Republic of China, Chinese film, and Chinese society.
Contracts and Grants Awarded
Taiwan Documentary Film (Taiwan Ministry of Culture), Stanley Rosen, $25,000, 2014-2015
UCLA/USC Joint East Asian Studies Center (US Department of Education (submitted 2010)), Stanley Rosen, Bin Wong (UCLA), $2,609,148, 08/15/2010-08/14/2014
USC/UCLA Joint East Asian Language and Area Studies Center (UCLA/U.S. Dept. of Education (submitted 2006)), Rosen, Stanley, Bin Wong (UCLA), $2,400,000, 08/15/2006-08/14/2010
Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative II (Freeman Foundation (submitted successfully in 2007), Stanley Rosen, East Asian Studies Center, $400,000, 2008-2009
- Ying Zhu, Kingsley Edney, and Stanley Rosen (Eds.) (2020) Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: China's Campaign for Hearts and Minds. London and New York:Routledge.
- Ying Zhu and Stanley Rosen (Eds.). (2010). Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
- Gries, P., Rosen, S. (2010). Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market. London and New York: Routledge.
- Rosen, S. (1986). S. Rosen. Policy Conflicts in Post-Mao China: A Documentary Survey with Analysis (co-edited).
- Rosen, S., Unger, J., Chan, A. (1985). On Socialist Democracy and the Chinese Legal System (co-edited). M.E. Sharpe.
- Rosen, S. (1982). Red Guard Factionalism and the Cultural Revolution in Guangzhou.
Representative Book Chapters:
- Rosen, S. (2017). The Chinese Dream Confronts the American Dream in Popular Culture: China as Producer and Consumer of Films at Home and Abroad. China's Global Engagement pp. 359-388.
- Rosen, S. (2015). Can China Devise a Strategy to Promote Its Films Abroad? Obstacles and Suggestions. Chinese Film after 110 Years (in Chinese) pp. 259-79. Beijing: China Film Press.
- Rosen, S. (2015). "Conclusion". Conflict and Cooperation in Sino-China Relations pp. 248-269. London and New York: Routledge.
Representative Journal Articles:
- Rosen, S. (2012). "Ironies of Soft Power Projection: The United States and China. Limes. Vol. 20 (6), pp. 4.
- Rosen, S. (2011). "The Use of Film for Public Diplomacy: Why Hollywood Makes a Stronger Case for China". PDiN Monitor. Vol. 2 (5 (May-June)), pp. 6 pages.
- Rosen, S. (2009). "Contemporary Chinese Youth and the State". Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. 68 (2), pp. 359-369
- Rosen, S., Chu, D. (1987). Survey Research in the People's Republic of China (co-authored).
- Rosen, S. (1981). The Role of Sent-Down Youth in the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Recent Popular Writings:
- “Lesso (2017) "Lessons from China’s Unexpected Year in Film,” Huffington World Post, September 12 2017 (2017)
- “Too Many Enemies: The Dangerous Double Game of Dalian Wanda’s Wang Jianlin,” Nikkei Asian Review, January 23-29 2017 (2017)
- “Can China Establish a Beachhead in Hollywood?” ChinaFile Conversation, February 23 (2015)
- “Hollywood in China: Selling Out or Cashing In”? The Diplomat, May 26 2015 Monographs
Honors and Awards
"2012 Taiwan Election" (2012: USCI | YouTube)
Chinese American Film Festival Symposium (2012: USCI | YouTube)
"Images of China in Recent American Films and TV Shows" (2013: USCI | YouTube)
Taiwan - China Film Trends (2014: USCI | YouTube)
Comments on Taiwan - US- China Affairs (2014: USCI | YouTube)
"China's Soft Power Efforts toward Taiwan (2018: USCI | YouTube)
"China's Efforts to Build its Soft Power" (2018: USCI | YouTube)