Jeremy Wallace

I am an associate professor of Government at Cornell University. I study authoritarianism focusing on China, cities, statistics, and climate change.

My recent research on COVID-19 was published in APSR (with Michael Neblo) and on China’s relationship with the international order in International Organization (with Jessica Chen Weiss). I serve as an editor at The Monkey Cage and write the China Lab newsletter.

You can find my CV here.

In my forthcoming book Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Ideology, Information, and Authoritarianism in China, I argue that a few numbers came to define Chinese politics, until they did not count what mattered and what they counted did not measure up.

Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts — available this fall

I’ve written about the politics of statistics in the Covid pandemic at the Washington PostLA Times, and Foreign Policy. Most recently, I argued that China’s zero COVID policy has been a catastrophic success that mirrors the country’s GDP-centric economic governance. The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog published my thoughts on Xi Jinping’s “common prosperity” slogan, his increasingly personal ruleChina admitting that its statistics are unreliable, and the political implications of China’s 2015 stock market crisis.

I’m embarking on a new research project on the political economy of China’s decarbonization. Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy published a commentary that I wrote (with Edmund Downie) on how provinces are adapting to China’s national decarbonization pledges.

My first book, Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China, explores the interplay of China’s management of internal migration, urbanization, and redistributive policy as well as cross-national patterns of authoritarian regime survival and urban protests. I also led a collaborative project on China’s Cities, funded by Cornell’s Center for the Social Sciences.

Currently, I am on sabbatical leave for 2021-22 at Georgetown’s Mortara Center for International Studies. I host the China Lab podcast, currently on hiatus, and used to blog occasionally at Science of Politics.