Lei Guang

Director, 21st Century China Center, GPS, UC San Diego; Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University

Lei Guang’s research focuses on state-society relations and development politics. He has studied migration, informal sector workers and political discourses in China and is currently working on projects that seek to understand the causes of social conflict in China and responses by the grassroots state. His scholarly publications have appeared in numerous edited volumes and in refereed journals, and he is an editorial board member of two leading academic journals on China: China Quarterly and The China Journal.

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“The State of Rural China: Peasants, Agriculture and Rural Society in the Reform Era” (co-editor), TideTime Publishing (in Chinese), 2006


“Creating Rural-Urban Boundaries: Rural Workers in Cities and Regimes of Re-rustication in China,” Migration and Development

“Guerrilla Workfare: Migrant Renovators, State Power and Informal Work in Urban China,” Politics & Society

“Migration as the Second-Best Option: Local Power and Off-farm Employment,” The China Quarterly

“Realpolitik Nationalism: International Sources of Chinese Nationalism,” Modern China