Manfred Elfstrom

Assistant Professor

Political Science
Office: ART243
Phone: 250.807.8675

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Chinese politics; social movements; labor; authoritarianism.

Courses & Teaching

Topics in Comparative Politics: China (POLI 314); Problems in International Relations: Seminar (POLI 464); Introduction to Comparative Politics (POLI 220).


Manfred Elfstrom’s Research Website


PhD, Cornell University
MA, Columbia University
BA, Oberlin College

Selected Publications & Presentations

Elfstrom, Manfred. 2021. Workers and Change in China: Resistance, Repression, Responsiveness (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Li, Yao, and Manfred Elfstrom. 2021. “Does Greater Coercive Capacity Increase Overt Repression? Evidence from China.” Journal of Contemporary China 30(128), 186–211.

Elfstrom, Manfred. 2020. “Holding the Government’s Attention: State Sector Workers in China.” In Valerie Bunce, Karrie Koesel, and Jessica Chen Weiss, eds., Citizens & the State in Authoritarian Regimes: Comparing Russia & China. New York: Oxford University Press.

Elfstrom, Manfred. 2019. “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Chinese State Reactions to Labour Unrest.” The China Quarterly 240: 855–79.

Elfstrom, Manfred, and Yao Li. 2019. “Contentious Politics in China: Causes, Dynamics, and Consequences.” Brill Research Perspectives in Governance and Public Policy in China 4: 1-90.

Elfstrom, Manfred. 2019. “A Tale of Two Deltas: Labour Politics in Jiangsu and Guangdong.” British Journal of Industrial Relations 57(2): 247–74.

Elfstrom, Manfred. 2019. “China’s Contentious Cab Drivers.” In Teresa
Wright, ed., Handbook of Protest and Resistance in China. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Elfstrom, Manfred. 2019. “Labor Issues in China.” In Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig, eds., Handbook of Human Rights in China. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Tapia, Maite, Manfred Elfstrom, and Denisse Roca-Servat. 2018. “Bridging Social Movement and Industrial Relations Theory: An Analysis of Worker Organizing Campaigns in the U.S. and China.” In Forrest Briscoe, Brayden King, and Jocelyn M. Leitzinger eds., Social Movements, Stakeholders, and Non-Market Strategy. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Wang, Kan, and Manfred Elfstrom. 2017. “Worker Unrest and Institutional
Change: Perceptions of Local Union Leaders in China.” China Information 31(1): 84- 106.

Elfstrom, Manfred, and Sarosh Kuruvilla. 2014. “The Changing Nature of Labor Unrest in China.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 67(2): 453-480.

Selected Grants & Awards

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant; Lee Teng-Hui Fellowship in World Affairs; Hu Shih Memorial Award


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