Professor Vivienne Shue
Vivienne Shue, FBA is Professor Emeritus of Contemporary China Studies, an Associate of the University of Oxford China Centre, and an Emeritus Fellow of the College. As a Marshall Scholar studying at St. Antony’s in the late ‘60s, she earned the B. Litt. in Politics, later completed the Ph.D. in Government at Harvard and, before returning as Director of Oxford’s Contemporary China Studies Programme in 2002, taught Chinese politics to undergraduates and graduates at Yale and Cornell for more than twenty-five years. Best known, perhaps, for one of her early works, THE REACH OF THE STATE: SKETCHES OF THE CHINESE BODY POLITIC (1988), other books include PEASANT CHINA IN TRANSITION: THE DYNAMICS OF DEVELOPMENT TOWARD SOCIALISM (1980), STATE POWER AND SOCIAL FORCES (co-edited with J. Migdal and A. Kohli, 1994), TETHERED DEER: GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMY IN A CHINESE COUNTY (co-authored with M.J. Blecher, 1996), and PAYING FOR PROGRESS IN CHINA: PUBLIC FINANCE, HUMAN WELFARE AND CHANGING PATTERNS OF INEQUALITY (co-edited with C. P. W. Wong, 2007). More recent essays include “Modern/Rural China: State Institutions and Village Values” in A. Bislev and S. Thǿgersen eds., ORGANIZING RURAL CHINA: RURAL CHINA ORGANIZING (2012) and a retrospective reflection, “Mao’s China: Putting Politics in Perspective” in J. Brown and M. Johnson eds., MAOISM AT THE GRASSROOTS (2015). Her most recent book project, (co-edited with Merton College colleague Patricia Thornton) is TO GOVERN CHINA: EVOLVING PRACTICES OF POWER (Cambridge University Press, 2017), a collection of new research essays by leading China specialists advancing an evolutionary approach to understanding political change in China. The volume includes her own “Maps, Dreams, and Trails to Heaven: Envisioning a Future Chinese Nation-space,” which analyses contemporary China’s boldly high-tech routines of national development planning as a political leadership and governance technique, and looks especially at the spatial dimensions of 21st century Chinese planning, including national land use planning, satellite mapping, and ecology management.