Pierre-François Landry, Associate Professor of Political Science, received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2000. He has been affiliated with the Research Center for Contemporary China since 1997. His research interests focus on Chinese politics, comparative local government, and quantitative comparative political analysis. He is currently writing a book tentatively titled “The CCP and Local Elites in Post-Deng China”. Articles in progress include “Explaining Party Membership in Urban China” and “GPS sampling for social science survey research in China” based on an experiment in spatial sampling methodology that relies on the Geographical Positioning System to survey populations that are difficult to enumerate.

Selected Projects of Note

  • Decentralized Authoritarianism in China: The Communist Party’s Control of Local Elites in the Post-Mao Era.   Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Recent Publications

  • Constructing a Population Density Frame for Spatial Sampling with GPS in China (with Yan Jie and Liying Ren), The China Review, forthcoming (April 2009).
  • Does the Communist Party strengthen China’s legal reforms? The China Review, forthcoming (April 2009).
  • Gendered Pathways to Rural Schooling: the Interplay of Wealth and Local Institutions (with Deborah Davis, Yusheng Peng, and Jin Xiao) The China Quarterly No. 189 (March), 2007.

Substantive Areas

  • Elections and Political Institutions


  • Asia

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