• Mark W. Frazier

    Professor of Politics and Director of India-China Institute

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center


    Mark W. Frazier is Professor of Politics at The New School, where he also serves as Academic Director of the India China Institute. He teaches and writes about social policy in China and efforts to reduce inequalities. His recent research draws comparisons between China and India in terms of how each has coped with challenges related to inequality and urbanization. In his capacity as a director at the India China Institute, he works with faculty colleagues to sponsor research projects and conferences to support scholarship on comparative research on China and India, as well as Sino-Indian relations and their joint impact on the rest of the world. He is the author of Socialist Insecurity: Pensions and the Politics of Uneven Development in China (Cornell University Press, 2010) and The Making of the Chinese Industrial Workplace (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He has authored op-ed pieces and essays for The New York Times, Daedalus, and The Diplomat. Frazier has taken part in the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) Public Intellectual Program since 2005. Before assuming his current position at The New School in 2012, he held faculty positions at the University of Oklahoma and at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. 

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 1997, University of California, Berkeley

    Recent Publications:


    Socialist Insecurity: Pensions and the Politics of Uneven Development in China (Cornell University Press, 2010).  

    The Making of the Chinese Industrial Workplace (Cambridge University Press, 2002).


    Selected Articles and Book Chapters

    "Stemming the Tide of Demographic Transformation Through Social Inclusion: Can Universal Pension Rights Help Finance an Ageing Population," with Y Li., in Beatriz Carrillo et. al. (ed.), Handbook of Welfare in China, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.

    "The Evolution of a Welfare State under China's State Capitalism" in State Capitalism, Institutional Adaptation, and the Chinese Miracle, Barry Naughton ed., Cambridge University Press, 2015.

    "State Schemes or Safety Nets? China's Push for Universal Coverage," Daedalus Vol. 143(2), 2014.

    “Welfare Policy Pathways Among Uneven Developers,” in Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation, Scott Kennedy, ed., Stanford University Press, 2011.

    “Popular Responses to China’s Emerging Welfare State,” in Chinese Politics: State, Society, and the Market, Peter Hays Gries and Stanley Rosen, eds., Routledge Courzon, 2010.

    Research Interests:

    Chinese politics and the Chinese revolution; urbanization and comparative urban politics; inequality, citizenship, and social policy in China and developing countries.

    Awards And Honors:

    Mark held a Fulbright Research fellowship in China in 2004-05, where he conducted interviews and survey research for his project on state capacity in the context of China’s evolving social policies.

    Current Courses:

    State & Market in China

    Independent Study

    Field Seminar Comparative Pol

    Directed Dissertation Study

    Ind Senior Prject