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Dimitar Gueorguiev

Dimitar Gueorguiev

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Dimitar Gueorguiev

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Political Science Department

Advisory Board Member and Senior Research Associate, East Asia Program


  • 2024 Spring
    • PSC 478 Politics of China
  • 2022 Fall
    • PSC 671 Comparative Political Analysis
    • MAX 132 Global Community

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2014


Dimitar Gueorguiev is an associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and director of Chinese studies at Syracuse University, where he teaches courses on Chinese politics, comparative autocracy, research methods and foreign policy. He is also the Yang Ni and Xiaoqing Li Scholar in U.S.-China/Asia Relations for the 2023-24 academic year.

Gueorguiev's research covers topics broadly tied to public participation in politics, whether that means turning out for an election or showing up to a street protest. In the Chinese context, Gueorguiev's research revolves around regime strategies and institutions for harnessing public participation for the instrumental goal of staying in power through improved governance.

Outside of China, Gueorguiev studies elections, corruption and foreign investment. Gueorguiev's work is primarily empirical, relying heavily on randomized surveys and original data on sub-national legislative, judicial, electoral and protest activity. Some of his research has been published in the Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Science, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Asian Journal of Economics.

Gueorguiev is currently a China Fellow at the Wilson Center and Public Intellectual with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. His co-authored book on Chinese governance institutions, "China’s Governance Puzzle," was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. His newest book on digital participation and authoritarianism, entitled "Retrofitting Leninism," is available for order with Oxford University Press.

Areas of Expertise

Comparative political economy, authoritarian institutions, governance, survey methods

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Transnational Transphobias: Feminist and Traditionalist Anti-Trans Advocacy Coalitions and Normative Contestations:_Doctoral Dissertation Research", Sponsored by American Political Science Association.

"A Political and Social Study of Chinese Students Associations in the U.S.", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research Grant.

"Retrofitting Leninism: Inclusive Authoritarianism in Modern China", Sponsored by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

"China Policy Barometer", Sponsored by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

"Public Intellectuals Program - Cohort 7", Sponsored by National Committee on US China Relations .

"Taiwan Fisheries and Maritime Security", Sponsored by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Selected Publications

Presentations and Events

Canada US China Initiative, Wilson Center and Kissinger Institute , "Public Opinion and Chinese Foreign Policy " (December, 2023)

Latin American Association for Asian and African Studies , Association of Asian Studies , "Measuring Academic Censorship" (November 20, 2023 - November 24, 2023)

Chinese Politics Mini-Conference: Public Opinion and Its Management in China, "Chinese Politics Mini-Conference: Public Opinion and Its Management in China" (September, 2023)

American Political Science Association , "Entrusted: A Foundation for Citizenship under Authoritarianism" (September, 2023)

Gueorguiev, D. D., Kuo, J., Conference Group on Taiwan Studies, American Political Science Association , "Public Opinion and US-China-Taiwan Relations" (September, 2023)

Wilson China Fellows, Wilson Center, "Chinese Foreign Policy " (May, 2023)

Authoritarian Propaganda: Narratives, Public Responses, and Limitations, "Great Firewalls and Leaky Cauldrons " (April, 2023)

Association of Asian Studies , "Threats to Academic Freedom in Asia " (March, 2023)

Southern Political Science Association , Syracuse University, "Entrusted: A Foundation for Citizenship Under Authoritarianism" (January, 2023)

Southern Political Science Association, "Internal politics of authoritarian regimes" (January, 2023)

Conference Group on Taiwan Studies, American Political Science Association, "Public Opinion and US-China-Taiwan Relations" (January, 2023)

Peterson Institute for International Economics, "Environmental Nationalism: Public Support for Climate Action in China" (January 14, 2022)

National Security Studies program, Syracuse University, "Great Power Competition for the 21st Century" (November 14, 2021)

Gueorguiev, D. D., Zhao, S., Brown, K., Gross, J., Michigan China Forum (November 12, 2020)

Lovely, M. E., Ma, Y., Gueorguiev, D. D., China Town Hall (November 10, 2020)

BGIE seminar on China information, Business, Government, and the International Economy, Harvard Business School (October 30, 2020)

Late-Breaking Panel, Association of Asian Studies, "New Threats to Academic Freedom" (August, 2020)

Getting China Right: China in the World (China State of the Field Meeting), Duke University, "Public Opinion in China" (December, 2019)

APSA in Asia Fellows Intensive Workshop (June, 2019)

Young African Leaders Initiative, Syracuse University, "China in Africa" (2019)

Workshop on Chinese Politics and Society, Shanghai Jiaotong University (2019)

Honors and Accolades

Maxwell School Scholar in U.S.-China/Asia Relations, Yang Ni and Xiaoqing Li Scholar in U.S.-China/Asia Relations (July, 2023)

Daniel Patrick Moynihan for Teaching and Research (2020)

Best Paper Award, International Political Economy Society (IPES) (2012)

Gansu Province Foreign Expert Award (2007)

East Asia Program
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