Ben Read dot net

Rui Jieming

Benjamin L. Read

Associate Professor

Politics Department

Merrill Faculty Services

1156 High Street

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

office: 831-459-4469

email: bread (at) ucsc (dot) edu


Office hours: From 9/22 to 12/1, Tues and Thurs, 9:45a-11:15a, and by appointment, 157 Merrill Faculty Annex.

About me: Bio, curriculum vitae, UCSC profile, Google Scholar

Institutional links: UC Santa Cruz, Politics Department, East Asian Studies, UCSC on One Page

Maps: Area, city, campus, college, aeronautical

Former students: Please drop me a line. Apart from email, use this form to check in and keep in touch.


Full overview of my work on local organizations in China and Taiwan, and on field research methods; articles and book chapters listed by topic with links to full text [link]


Field Research in Political Science: Practices and Principles

coauthored with Diana Kapiszewski and Lauren M. MacLean, Cambridge University Press 2015

[abstract] [publisher's page] [Google books] [Amazon page] [project site]

Roots of the State: Neighborhood Organization and Social Networks in Beijing and Taipei

Stanford University Press 2012

[abstract] [publisher's page] [Google books] [Amazon page]

Local Organizations and Urban Governance in East and Southeast Asia: Straddling State and Society

edited with Robert Pekkanen, Routledge 2009

[abstract] [publisher's page] [Google books] [Amazon page]


Interviews, essays, book reviews, and other projects [link]


eCommons course sites | how to read in college | what to call me? | absence form

guidelines for presentations | guidelines for reading responses

research sources on comparative and international politics

about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism | citation format requirements | checklist for all written work

Future: (see below for previous syllabi)

In the 2016-17 academic year I expect to teach: Poli 140d, Politics of East Asia (fall); Poli 161, Foreign Relations of China (winter); and Poli 141, Politics of China (spring).


Poli 140d, Politics of East Asia, Winter 2016 [syllabus]


Poli 60, Comparative Politics of the Developing World, Winter 2014 [syllabus]

Poli 141, Politics of China, Spring 2015 [syllabus]

Poli 161, Foreign Relations of China, Fall 2015 [syllabus] [Korean Peninsula timeline]

Poli 190t, Governance and Conflict in East Asia, Spring 2012 [syllabus]

Poli 200b, Social Forces and Political Change, graduate seminar, Winter 2015 [syllabus]

Poli 210, Problems of Democracy in Comparative Perspective, graduate seminar, Spring 2016 [syllabus]

Poli 261, Key Issues in Contemporary Chinese Politics, graduate seminar, Spring 2014 [syllabus]


Java tools for learning and maintaining Chinese: self-quizzes on traditional vs. simplified characters | Chinese surnames

VBA macros for Word: general | annotation

Frequency count of Zotero tags via Stata do-file

Notes on software that I use

NorCal aviation weather report: short | long