Andrew Walder is the Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford, where he is also a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He is currently the Director of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences, and in past years has served as the Director of FSI’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
A political sociologist, Walder has long specialized on the sources of conflict, stability and change in communist regimes and their successor states. His current research focuses on changes in the ownership and control of large Chinese corporations and the parallel emergence of a new corporate elite with varied ties to state agencies. He also continues his research interest in Mao-era China, with a focus on the mass politics of the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1969.
Walder joined the Stanford faculty the fall of 1997. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Michigan in 1981 and taught at Columbia University before moving to Harvard in 1987. As a Professor of Sociology, he served as Chair of Harvard’s M.A. Program on Regional Studies-East Asia for several years. From 1995 to 1997 he headed the Division of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. From 1996 to 2006, as a member of the Hong Kong Government’s Research Grants Council, he chaired its Panel on the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business Studies.
His recent publications include Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement (Harvard University Press, 2009), The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History, edited with Joseph Esherick and Paul Pickowicz (Stanford University Press, 2006), “Revolution, Reform, and Status Inheritance: Urban China 1949-1996," in American Journal of Sociology (2009), “Political Sociology and Social Movements,” in Annual Review of Sociology (2009), “Ownership, Organization, and Income Inequality: Market Transition in Rural Vietnam” in the American Sociological Review (2008), and “Ambiguity and Choice in Political Movements: The Origins of Beijing Red Guard Factionalism,” in the American Journal of Sociology (2006).
Political Sociology; Stratification and Mobility; China Studies
Director-Emeritus, Shorenstein APARC; FSI Senior Fellow
Director-Emeritus, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) and Senior Fellow at the Freeman and Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
- Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement. Harvard University Press, 2009.
- The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006 (editor, with Joseph W. Esherick and Paul G. Pickowicz).
- Property Rights and Economic Reform in China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999 (editor, with Jean C. Oi).
- “Local Politics in the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Nanjing Under Military Control.” Journal of Asian Studies, 70: 3 (June 2011), 1-23 (second author, with Dong Guoqiang).
- “From Control to Ownership: China’s Managerial Revolution.” Management and Organization Review 7: 1 (March 2011), 19-38.
- “Factions in a Bureaucratic Setting: The Origins of Cultural Revolution Conflict in Nanjing.” China Journal 65 (January 2011), 1-25 (second author, with Dong Guoqiang).
- “Nanjing’s Failed ‘January Revolution’ of 1967: The Inner Politics of a Provincial Power Seizure.” China Quarterly 203 (Sept. 2010), 675-692 (second author, with Dong Guoqiang).
- “Revolution, Reform, and Status Inheritance: Urban China, 1949-1996.” American Journal of Sociology 114:5 (March 2009): 1395-1427 (first author, with Songhua Hu).
- “Political Sociology and Social Movements.” Annual Review of Sociology 34 (2009): 393-412.
- “Ownership, Organization, and Income Inequality: Market Transition in Rural Vietnam,” American Sociological Review 73:2 (April 2008): 251-269 (first author, with Giang Hoang Nguyen).
- "Factional Conflict at Beijing University, 1966-1968." China Quarterly 188 (Dec. 2006): 1023-1047.
- “Ambiguity and Choice in Political Movements: The Origins of Beijing Red Guard Factionalism.” American Journal of Sociology 112: 3 (November 2006): 710-750.
- “Political Office and Household Wealth: Rural China in the Deng Era.” The China Quarterly 186 (June 2006): 357-376 (first author, with Litao Zhao).
- “Tan Lifu: A ‘Reactionary’ Red Guard in Historical Perspective.” The China Quarterly 180 (December 2004): 965-988.
- “Elite Opportunity in Transitional Economies.” American Sociological Review 68:6 (December 2003): 899-916.
- “The Cultural Revolution in the Countryside: Scope, Timing, and Human Impact.” The China Quarterly 173 (March 2003): 82-107 (first author, with Yang Su).
- "Career Advancement as Party Patronage: Sponsored Mobility into the Chinese Administrative Elite." (co-authored with Bobai Li) American Journal of Sociology, 2001.
- "Politics and Life Chances in a State Socialist Regime: Dual Career Paths into the Urban Chinese Elite, 1949 to 1996." (co-authored with Bobai Li) American Sociological Review, 2000.