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Jean C. Robinson « Faculty

Jean C. RobinsonProfessor, Political Science, with additional appointments in EALC,
Russian-East European Institute, International Studies and Kinsey Institute

robinso at
Owen Hall 205D
(812) 855-7230


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I am a comparative politics scholar: my research focuses primarily on China, France, and on occasion Poland. I have on occasion done work on countries as disparate as Cuba, Libya, and Japan. Substantively, I have long been interested in both political participation and policy formation, initially with regard to charismatic leadership and the Chinese Communist Party although in recent years my focus has shifted almost completely to people with decidedly less power: women. I am particularly concerned with the competing demands of individual citizens, social movements, and national/community interests. And I am interested in the mechanisms through which women can make their interests heard and get them addressed—either through self-organization, through NGO’s, or through government agencies. Thus the way gender is negotiated is critical to my work as is my focus on feminist theory and cross cultural studies of policies as they affect the lives of women, men and children. These interests are reflected in publications on abortion policy debates in France and on state feminism in France and Poland. Earlier work has examined women and family in China, conflicts over educational policy in China, socialist family policies, and comparative studies of charismatic leadership. I teach a wide variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including Chinese politics, in Comparative Family Policies, Gender and Politics in Asia, Feminist Political Thought, as well as introductory courses in comparative politics. Having served as chair of a large number of master’s and doctoral committees I have advised students with wide-ranging interests on Asia, transition politics, democratization, environmental policy in China, and gender and the state. Several of my dissertation advisees have won national research and best dissertation awards.See also the websites for:
Department of Political Science
Office of Women's Affairs