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New prof studies state control and civil society in China


September marks a new beginning for the more than 14,000 students joining U of T— as well as for the newest additions to the university's teaching staff.

“The first time I heard about U of T was on the most momentous plane trip of my life,” says Professor Diana Fu, recalling her immigration from China to Canada as a child. 

“I distinctly remember overhearing Chinese passengers on the plane talking about Toronto. They were going there because they had spouses studying at the University of Toronto. And from the tone of their voices, I could sense that Toronto was a big, dynamic city.”

This fall, Fu joins the University of Toronto at Scarborough as an assistant professor of political science.

“My main project is completing a book manuscript on state control and civil society contention in authoritarian China,” says Fu, who specialises in comparative politics, with an emphasis on China.

A native from China, Fu will bring her global experience to the classroom as she has lived and studied in areas as diverse as Manitoba, Minnesota, the United Kingdom and California.

Last year, as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, Fu worked to better conceptualize the governance in China and the United States.

Fu says she is glad to finally be at the school which initially piqued her curiosity as a child.

“I look forward to exploring the three campuses, to stimulating conversations with students and colleagues, to breaking new ground in my research, and to engage with the broader community.” 

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