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  • Mark W. Frazier

    Professor of Politics and Director of India-China Institute

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center


    Mark Frazier is Professor of Politics and Co-Academic Director of the India China Institute. He joined the New School in 2012 after five years at the University of Oklahoma, where he held an endowed position in Chinese Politics and served as the Chair of the Department of International and Area Studies. His research focus is on labor and social policies in China, and more broadly on state-society relations, urban politics, inequality, and public policy. 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 published articles in Asia Policy, Studies in Comparative International Development, and The China Journal. He has also contributed op-eds to The New York Times and The Diplomat.

    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

    "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:

    Inequality, identity, and public policy; Chinese politics and the Chinese revolution; the politics of marketization and commodification; revolutionary politics and policy legacies

    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:

    Political Economy Development

    Political Economy Development

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Field Seminar Comparative Pol

    Directed Dissertation Study (Open Campus)

    Ind Senior Prject (Open Campus)