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. Forthcoming. Workers and Change in China: Resistance, Repression, Responsiveness. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Li, Yao, and Manfred Elfstrom. Forthcoming. “Does Greater Coercive Capacity Increase Overt Repression?: Evidence from China.” Journal of Contemporary China.

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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