Edward Steinfeld

Dean's Professor of China Studies, Professor of Political Science, Professor of International and Public Affairs
Areas of Expertise Political economy of contemporary China, political economy of global production and innovation, political economy of energy.


Edward Steinfeld is the Dean's Professor of China Studies, professor in the Department of Political Science, and Professor of International and Public Affairs. Steinfeld received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. In addition to a variety of academic articles, Steinfeld is the author of "Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West" (Oxford, 2010) and "Forging Reform in China: The Fate of State-Owned Industry" (Cambridge, 1998). He is the author of numerous articles in both academic and non-academic journals, including Comparative Politics, Political Studies, World Development, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the South China Morning Post. Steinfeld is a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations, as well as a member of the academic committee of the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance at Tsinghua University.


Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

"Where China is Headed," Wall Street Journal, Oct. 14, 2010.

"Greener Plants, Grayer Skies: A Report from the Front Lines of China's Energy Sector," Energy Policy, Vol. 37, No. 5, May, 2009: 1809-1824. (with Richard Lester, and Edward A. Cunningham).

"The Capitalist Embrace: China Ten Years After the Asian Financial Crisis," in Andrew MacIntyre, T.J. Pempel, and John Ravenhill, eds., East Asia: Ten Years After the Crisis, Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ. Press, 2008.

"Coal Consumption in China and India," Chapter 5 in The Future of Coal: An MIT Interdisciplinary Study, 2007. (with Richard K. Lester).

"The Rogue that Plays by the Rules," Washington Post, September 2, 2007.

"China's Shallow Integration: Networked Production and the New Challenges for Late Industrialization," World Development 32(11), 2004: 1971-1987.

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At the end of his eighth and final year as the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Edward Steinfeld reflected on the institute's growth as it prepares for the launch of Brown University's new School of International and Public Affairs.
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Punishment Beyond Mass Incarceration Symposium

The Watson Institute, in a collaborative effort with the Urban Institute, hosted a two-day symposium, "Punishment Beyond Mass Incarceration" on April 4-5.
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The Watson Institute will develop a new Equity in Policy Scholars program to increase diversity in Brown's Master of Public Affairs program and, in turn, public policy circles in general. It will also ensure that Watson remains a competitive destination for outstanding future global leaders.
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Watson Policy Labs, a new initiative of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, will enhance the link between teaching, research and public outreach by addressing specific policy issues through a combination of faculty research, student training, research-based courses and public outreach.
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