photo: Bruce Dickson

Bruce J. Dickson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Phone: 202-994-4186
Fax: 202-994-7743

Areas of Expertise

Chinese domestic politics, regimes and regime change, 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. 

Professor Dickson's research and teaching focus on political dynamics in China, especially the adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party and the regime it governs. In addition to courses on China, he also teaches on comparative politics and authoritarianism.

His current research examines the political consequences of economic reform in China, the Chinese Communist Party’s evolving strategy for survival, and the changing relationship between state and society. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the US Institute of Peace, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Ph.D., University of Michigan


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 3192W China’s Transformation

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

PSC 8340 Authoritarianism