photo: Bruce Dickson

Bruce J. Dickson

Address: Monroe Hall
2115 G Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-4186
Fax: 202-994-7743

Areas of Expertise

Chinese domestic politics, East Asian politics, political change and democratization, general comparative politics, U.S.-China relations


Professor Dickson received his B.A. in political science and English literature, his M.A. in Chinese Studies, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of The George Washington University and the Elliott School in 1993. He teaches on China, comparative politics, and democratization. Professor Dickson is currently examining the political consequences of economic reform in China, and in particular the relationship between private entrepreneurs and the Chinese Communist Party. He received a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 2006-07 academic year, for his project, "Turning Wealth into Power: The Evolving Political Influence of China's 'Red Capitalists.'"


Ph.D., University of Michigan


  • Wealth into Power: The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector (2008),
  • Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreuneurs, and Prospects for Political Change (2003),
  • Democratization in China and Taiwan: The Adaptability of Leninist Parties (1997)

Professor Dickson's articles have appeared in Asian Survey, China Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Democracy, National Interest, and Political Science Quarterly. He is a frequent commentator on political developments in China and Taiwan and on U.S.-China relations, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, BBC, and VOA.

Classes Taught

PSC 1001 Introduction to Comparative Politics

PSC 2371 Politics and Foreign Policy of China

PSC 6370 Politics of The People's Republic of China I

PSC 6371 Politics of The People's Republic of China II

PSC 8331 Advanced Theories of Comparative Politics

PSC 8334 Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective