About me

photo of ben read

Professional information

Here is my curriculum vitae, my UCSC profile, and my Google Scholar profile.

About my institution

More about UC Santa Cruz, a one-page overview of UCSC, the Politics Department, and the East Asian Studies program.


Born in Madison, Wisc., Ben Read spent a year of his childhood in the Dutch village of Overasselt and another in socialist Beijing, undergoing indoctrination at public schools in all three localities. He later rounded out his education at Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Harvard. Ben has worked and studied in mainland China for a total of nearly six years and Taiwan for six months, and speaks Mandarin fluently. Following graduate training, he taught at the University of Iowa before joining the Politics faculty at UC Santa Cruz in the summer of 2008. He enjoys hiking and mountain biking, and is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Contact information

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 1/9/2018 through 3/13/2018, Tuesdays 2:30-4:30pm in Merrill Faculty Annex 157, and by appointment.