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Dr. Dan  Chen
Dr. Dan Chen
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dan Chen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond. Her current research examines the versatile role of the media in authoritarian politics and governance. Focusing on China, she studies how local media participate in governance and how authoritarian rhetoric shapes political attitudes and opinions. Dan’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Journal of Experimental Political ScienceInternational Journal of Public Opinion ResearchPolitical Research QuarterlyThe China QuarterlyModern China, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and edited volumes.

Grants and Fellowships
Public Intellectuals Program Fellow, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2021-2023

Sydney China Fellowship, University of Sydney, 2018

Research Travel Grant, Association for Asian Studies, 2017

Faculty Research Grant, Elizabethtown College, 2016, 2017

Curriculum Enhancement Grant, Elizabethtown College, 2014

John A. Garcia Scholarship, Society for Political Methodology, 2012

Walter Thompson Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2010-2012


2023. “The Public Opinion Effects of Crisis Propaganda in China.” Asian Studies Review, forthcoming.

2022. “Chinese Celebrities’ Political Signaling on Sina Weibo.” The China Quarterly, first published online. (with Gengsong Gao)

2022. “Policy Stringency, Political Conditions, and Public Performances of Pandemic Control: An International Comparison.” Public Performance & Management Review, first published online. (with Yong Li and Jiebing Wu)

2021. “The Transgressive Rhetoric of Standup Comedy in China.” Critical Discourse Studies, first published online. (with Gengsong Gao)

2019. Bread and Circuses: Sports and Public Opinion in China.” Journal of Experimental Political Science 7 (1): 41-55. (with Andrew MacDonald)

2018. Political Context and Citizen Information: Propaganda Effects in China.” International Journal of Public Opinion Research 31 (3): 463-484.

2018. “State Capacity and Cadre Mobilization in China: The Elasticity of Policy Implementation.” Journal of Contemporary China 27 (111):393-405. (with John James Kennedy)

2017. “‘Supervision by Public Opinion’ or by Government Officials? Media Criticism and Central-Local Government Relations in China.” Modern China 43 (6): 620-645.

2017. “Local Distrust and Regime Support: Sources and Effects of Political Trust in China.” Political Research Quarterly 70 (2): 314-326.

2017. “Facilitating Public Service Provision: The Emerging Role of Municipal Television News in China.” The China Quarterly 229: 130-149.

2016. “Review Essay: The Safety Valve Analogy in Chinese Politics.” Journal of East Asian Studies 16 (2): 281-294.


2018. “Local and Grassroots Governance.” In Sage Handbook on Contemporary China, eds. Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier. Sage Publications, 388-405. (with John James Kennedy)

2015. “Urbanization and Urban Villages: Institutional Factors and Social Identity in Urban China.” In New Approaches to Area Studies, eds. Shelly Bromberg and Edith Clowes. Northern Illinois University Press, 88-107. (with John James Kennedy)

2014. “Election Reform from the Middle and at the Margins.” In Local Governance Innovation in China: Experimentation, Diffusion, and Defiance, eds. Jessica C. Teets and William Hurst. Routledge, 154-173. (with John James Kennedy)

Ph.D., University of Kansas 2014
M.A., Marquette University 2010
B.A., University of International Relations (Beijing) 2008
Contact Information
202P Weinstein Hall
(804) 289-8533
Areas of Expertise
Comparative Authoritarianism
Media Politics
Public Opinion
Chinese Politics