Welcome. I am Associate Professor at Leiden University, where I research and teach Chinese politics, comparative politics, political communication and public opinion, and research design. Prior to arriving at Leiden, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science fromĀ the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

My recent book, Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China explores the effects of media marketization on the production of news and media credibility among audiences. I argue that the consequences of media marketization depend on the institutional design of the state. In one-party regimes, such as China, market-based media promote regime stability, rather than destabilize authoritarianism or bring about democracy.

Following up on this book my new project “Authoritarianism2.0″ explores the impact of social media on public opinion and political participation. In authoritarian regimes social media have often been described as “liberation technology” that may potentially destabilize authoritarian rule. What it is about social media that mobilizes people to act, and what kind of social media, such as blogs or Twitter, are more influential than others? This five-year project, funded by the European Research Council (Starting Grant), investigates these questions in the context of China.

Why China? I have been fascinated with China since I lived in Weifang, a small town in Shandong province famous for its kite festival, where I worked for a German Development Aid Project in 1998. Since then I visited Qingdao, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, and Dunhuang. In 2005, an award by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China on Taiwan made it possible for me to visit Taibei and Tainan, a trip that I enjoyed very much. You can see pictures from China and Taiwan and listen to sounds from Beijing and Chongqing through the links on this page.


Daniela Stockmann, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Leiden University, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden, The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)71 527 3867
Fax: +31 (0)71 527 3815
E-mail: ds (at) daniestockmann (dot) net

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