Comparative Politics, East Asia
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1996
Elizabeth Remick is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts
University. She teaches courses on Chinese Politics, political
corruption, and gender, work and politics in East Asia. Her current project
examines a historical issue from Republican China (1911-1949): how
the system of prostitution affected the construction of local state
institutions in different parts of the country. It looks at the ways
local governments' decisions about how (or whether) to tax and
regulate prostitution influenced their ability to build modern
states that could provide roads, armies, schools, and other
governmental functions. The book argues that states' decisions about
the gendered business of prostitution thus had a direct effect on
the structure and function of local states.
Professor Remick holds a B.A. in Political Science and Chinese
Language from Wellesley College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in
Government from Cornell University. Before coming to Tufts, she
taught at the University of Oregon, and also taught English at the
Xiangtan Mining Institute in Xiangtan, Hunan, China. She received a
China Research Award from the American Council of Learned
Societies/Social Science Research Council in 2002, and held a
post-doctoral fellowship from the Harvard University Fairbank Center
for East Asian Research in 2000. In 2000, she received the Tufts
University Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching (UNITE) Award for
Gender, Work and Politics in East Asia
Seminar: Power and Politics in China
Seminar: State Building in Europe and Asia
Sophomore Seminar: Comparative Political Corruption
International Research Colloquium II
- Building Local States: China in the Republican and Post-Mao
Eras. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Asia Center Press, East Asian Monograph
- Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local
Statebuilding 1900-1937. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford
University Press, 2014.
- "Police-Run Brothels in Republican Kunming." In journal
Modern China, vol. 33 #4 (October 2007), pp. 423-461.
- "Prostitution Taxes and Local State-Building in Republican
China." In journal Modern China vol. 29 #1 (January 2003), pp.
- "The Significance of Variation in Local States: The Case of
Twentieth-Century China." In journal Comparative Politics vol.
34 #4 (July 2002), pp. 399-418.
- "Big Plans, Empty Pockets: Local Exactions in Republican and
Post-Mao China." In journal Twentieth-Century China Vol. XXV No.
1 (November 1999), pp. 43-70.
- Review of Elaine Jeffreys, China, Sex and Prostitution (Routledge,
2004), for China Quarterly, 181 (March 2005): 179-180.
- Review of Tyrene White, ed., China Briefing 2000 (Westview,
2000), for China Quarterly, 165 (March 2001): 195-197.