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Department of Sociology
Ballantine Hall 744
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

Phone: (812) 856-1521

Fax: (812) 855-0781

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Ethan Michelson

(January 2014)

ADDRESS

Indiana University

Department of Sociology

Ballantine Hall 744

1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Bloomington, IN 47405

TELEPHONE/FAX

(812) 856-1521

(812) 855-0781 (fax)

EMAIL

URL

http://www.indiana.edu/~emsoc

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Departments of Sociology and East Asian Languages & Cultures
2008-present Associate Professor
2003-2008 Assistant Professor
   
Maurer School of Law
2009-present Associate Professor of Sociology and Law
2008-2009 Adjunct Professor of Law

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Ph.D., Department of Sociology, 2003 (Dissertation: "Unhooking from the State: Chinese Lawyers in Transition")

M.A., Department of Sociology, 1995

McGill University

B.A., First Class Joint Honors in East Asian Studies and Sociology, 1992

Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, Chinese language study, 1992-93

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

2014

"Migration and Social Structure: The Spatial Mobility of Chinese Lawyers" (Sida Liu, Lily Liang, and Ethan Michelson) Law & Policy 36(2)

2013 "Women in the Legal Profession, 1970-2010: A Study of the Global Supply of Lawyers" (Ethan Michelson) Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 20(2): 1071-1137.
2012 "Public Goods and State-Society Relations: An Impact Study of China’s Rural Stimulus" (Ethan Michelson). Pp.131-57 in The Global Recession and China’s Political Economy, edited by Dali L. Yang. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
2011

 "Public Attitudes toward Official Justice in Beijing and Rural China." (Ethan Michelson and Benjamin L. Read) Pp.169-203 in Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China, edited by Margaret Y.K. Woo and Mary E. Gallagher. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press .

2010 “What Do Chinese Lawyers Want? Political Values and Legal Practice.” (Ethan Michelson and Sida Liu) Pp. 310-333 in China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation, edited by Cheng Li. Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press.

- Technical Supplement

2010

“Family Planning Enforcement in Rural China: Enduring State-Society Conflict?” (Ethan Michelson) Pp.189-226 in Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China’s Transformation, edited by Jean C. Oi, Scott Rozelle, and Xueguang Zhou. Stanford, CA: Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, distributed by Brookings Institution Press.

NOTE: The figures and tables in this chapter suffer from serious formatting problems. (A table even reports an incorrect regression coefficient.) Corrected and/or more readable versions are here:

- Figure 8.A1

- Statistical Appendix

2009 "Gender Inequality in the Chinese Legal Profession." Research in the Sociology of Work 19:337-76.
2008 Mediating the Mediation Debate: Conflict Resolution and the Local State in China (Benjamin L. Read and Ethan Michelson) Journal of Conflict Resolution 52(5): 737-67.
2008 Dear Lawyer Bao: Everyday Problems, Legal Advice, and State Power in China. (Ethan Michelson) Social Problems 55(1): 43-71.
2008 Justice from Above or Below? Popular Strategies for Resolving Grievances in Rural China (Ethan Michelson) The China Quarterly 193: 43-64.
 

Winner of the 2009 Gordon White Prize for most original article or research report published in The China Quarterly

2007 Lawyers, Political Embeddedness, and Institutional Continuity in China's Transition from Socialism (Ethan Michelson) American Journal of Sociology 113(2): 352-414.
 

Abridged and edited version reprinted in Lawyers and the Rule of Law in an Era of Globalization. Pp. 39-66, edited by Yves Dezalay and Bryant Garth. New York: Routledge, 2011

Co-Winner of the 2009 Research Article Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Asia & Asian America

2007 Climbing the Dispute Pagoda: Grievances and Appeals to the Official Justice System in Rural China. (Ethan Michelson) American Sociological Review 72(2): 459-85. The article also has an Online Supplement and an Erratum.
2006 "The Practice of Law as an Obstacle to Justice: Chinese Lawyers at Work." Law & Society Review 40(1): 1-38 (lead article) (Ethan Michelson)
 

Reprinted in Law and Society in East Asia, edited by Christoph Antons and Roman Tomasic. London: Ashgate, 2013

Abridged and edited version reprinted in Working in China: Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation. Pp.169-87, edited by Ching Kwan Lee. Oxon, UK and New York: Routledge, 2007.

2000

"Gender Differentials in Economic Success: Rural China in 1991," Pp. 134-56 in Redrawing Boundaries: Gender, Households, and Work in China, edited by Barbara Entwisle and Gail Henderson. Berkeley: University of California Press  (Ethan Michelson and William L. Parish)

2000

"The Changing Character of the Lawyer-Client Relationship: Evidence From Two Chicago Surveys," in The Management of Durable Relations: Theoretical and Empirical Models for Households and Organizations, edited by Werner Raub and Jeroen Weesie. Amsterdam: Thela/Thesis Publishers  (Ethan Michelson, Edward O. Laumann, and John P. Heinz)

1998

"The Changing Character of Lawyers' Work: Chicago in 1975 and 1995." Law & Society Review 32(5): 751-75. (John P. Heinz, Edward O. Laumann, Robert L. Nelson, and Ethan Michelson) 
 

Reprinted in Urban Lawyers: The New Social Structure of the Bar. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005.

1998

"Guest Editor's Introduction." Chinese Law and Government 31(5) (Ethan Michelson)

1998

"Tradition in the Shadow of Modern Legal Practice: Continuity and Change in the Delivery of Justice in China (I)." Chinese Law and Government 31(5)  (Ethan Michelson)

1998

"Tradition in the Shadow of Modern Legal Practice: Continuity and Change in the Delivery of Justice in China (II)." Chinese Law and Government 31(6) (Ethan Michelson)

1996

"Politics and Markets: Dual Transformations." American Journal of Sociology 101(4): 1042-1059 (William L. Parish and Ethan Michelson)
 

 Reprinted in Shichang Zhuanxing Yu Shehui Fenceng: Meiguo Shehuixuezhe Fenxi Zhongguo (Market Transition and Social Stratification: American Sociologists' Analyses of China), edited by Yanjie Bian. Beijing: San Lian Press, 2002.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND TECHNICAL REPORTS

2012 "Access to Lawyers: A Comparative Analysis of the Supply of Lawyers in China and the United States." National Taiwan University Law Review 7(1): 223-255.
2008 "Popular Attitudes Towards Dispute Processing in Urban and Rural China," The Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society
2004 "Shimin Shenghuo Zhong de Falü," (Law in the Lives of Urban Citizens) Pp. 81–104 in Falü Yu Shehui: Shehuixue He Faxue de Shijiao (Law and Society: Sociological and Jurisprudential Perspectives), edited by Guo Xinghua and Lu Yilong. Beijing: Renmin Daxue Chubanshe.

2003

"Jiufen Yu Falü Xuqiu: Yi Beijing de Diaocha Wei Li" (Disputes and Legal Demand: Taking a Beijing Survey as a Case) Jiangsu Shehui Kexue [Jiangsu Social Science], 1:72-80. (Ethan Michelson)

2001

"Lang Lai Zi Nali? Zhongguo Lüshi de Xiwang Lai Zi Nali? [From Where Does the Wolf Come? From Where Do Chinese Lawyers' Hopes Come?]" Huanqiu Falü Pinglun [Global Law Review] 119: 173-5. (Ethan Michelson)

2000

"Shichang Jingji, Jiufen Jiejue, Yu Lixing Falv Bianhuazhong De Zhongguo Jiquan Shetuan [The Market, Dispute Resolution, and Rational Law: Corporatism in a Changing China]," in Gong Fa [Public Law Review], Volume 2, edited by Xia Yong. Beijing: Falv Chubansh  (Gao Hongjun and Ethan Michelson)

2000

"Statistical Appendix," in Zou Xiang Quanli de Shidai: Zhongguo Gongmin Quanli Fazhan Yanjiu [Towards an Age of Rights: Research on The Development of Chinese Citizen Rights], Revised Edition, edited by Xia Yong. Beijing: Zhongguo Zhengfa Daxue Chubanshe (Ethan Michelson)

1993

"In Defense of Collective Farms: Collectivization and Decollectivization in the People's Republic of China." Society for Economic Anthropology Newsletter 13(2): 6-15  (Ethan Michelson)

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND DISTINCTIONS

2010-2012 National Institutes of Health, “Stigma of Mental Illness in China: Extending the SGC-MHS”
2009-2010 U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program Fellowship
2009-2010 U.S. Department of State Fulbright Research Scholar Grant, declined
2009 2009 Research Article Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Asia & Asian America
2008 Gordon White Prize for most original article or research report published in The China Quarterly in 2008
2007-2008 Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, campus-wide award for junior faculty members who show promise of achieving great distinction as scholars or artists
2006-2007 Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Institute for International Research, In-Residence Research Fellowship
2006-2007 Indiana University Research Leave Supplement
2005 Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Research, The University of Iowa (co-PI: Benjamin L. Read)
2002 The University of Chicago Doolittle Fellowship
2001-2003 American Bar Foundation, Doctoral Fellowship
2000-2001 Ford Foundation Individual Grant for Promoting Sociology of Law in China, 2000-2001 (Grant #15006118).
1999-2000 Fulbright-Hays, Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
1999-2000 National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program, Grant for Improving Doctoral Dissertation Research (co-PI: William L. Parish) [NSF#9906234]
1999-2000 Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship
1995-96 Social Science Research Council, International Predissertation Fellowship Program
1993-97 National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship
1992-93 China/Canada Scholar Exchange Programme Fellowship
1992-93 Harold K. Schneider Prize, Society for Economic Anthropology
1991-92 David N. Solomon Prize in Sociology, McGill University
1989-90 Bielski Prize in Sociology, McGill University
1989-90 James McGill Award, McGill University

INVITED TALKS

2012 Divorce in Rural China: A New Source of “Missing Females,” University of Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies, November 19
2012

Access to Lawyers: Situating the Anomalous Case of China in Global Context, University of California-Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society, March 5

2012

Delivering Justice in Rural China, Indiana University-Bloomington, East Asian Studies Center, February 17

2012

Judicial Performance without Independence in Rural China, Indiana University-Bloomington, Center for Constitutional Democracy, February 9

2011

Access to Lawyers: A Comparative Analysis of the Supply of Lawyers in China and the United States, National Taiwan University School of Law, April 26

2010

Has Rural China Become More Harmonious? Early Findings from a New Survey, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, May 27

2010 America’s ‘Litigation Explosion’: A “Law & Society” Approach, Chinese University of Political Science and Law, April 8
2009 Talk on Legal Professions Research, Opening Ceremony for School of Comparative Law, Chinese University of Political Science and Law, December 19
2009 Sino-Global Legal Alliance, Beijing, October 17
2008 University of Michigan, Department of Sociology, December 11
2008

Invited Discussant at Senior Scholar Seminar on the Role of Empirical Research in Criminal Justice Policy Change, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, October 6-7

2008 Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, March 28
2007 Yale Law School, November 26
2007 Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, two talks for “China Semester,” November 16
2006 Nanjing University, Department of Sociology, Sociological Seminar, No. 70, November 15
2006 Invited Discussant at Workshop on Globalization of Women's Rights, Wellesley College, July 30-August 2
2006 University of Illinois, College of Law, February 3
2005 University of Pittsburgh, Asian Studies Center, November 14
2005 University of Pittsburgh, Department of Sociology, November 14
2005 Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, June 11
2005 The University of Chicago, East Asia Workshop, May 31.
2005 Northwestern University, Department of Sociology, April 7
2005 University at Buffalo (SUNY), Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, March 4
2004 University of Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies, Noon Lecture Series, November 9
2002 Harvard University Law School, East Asian Legal Studies Series, December 16
2002 MIT Sloan School, Economic Sociology Seminar, December 19

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2012 China Case Study, KDI-WB-CAG Policy Forum on Socio-economic Development: Strategy, Development and Capacity, Chinese Academy of Governance, Beijing, China, organized and sponsored by the Korean Development Institute and World Bank, October 31-November 2
2012 “Justice Without Judicial Autonomy, Judicial Performance Without Constitutionalism: The Case of Rural China,” Social Change and the Constitution – a Conference on the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Constitution of the PR China of 1982, June 15-17, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2012 “Women in the Legal Profession, 1960-2010: A Study of the Global Supply of Lawyers Based on Data from 78 Countries,” for Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, June 5-8, 2012, Honolulu, HI
2012 “Judicial Performance without Independence: The Delivery of Justice and Political Legitimacy in Rural China,” for the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Denver, CO, August 17-20 (also presented at the North American Chinese Sociologists’ Association Mini-Conference, Chicago, August 16) (Ethan Michelson and Ke Li)
2012 “Judicial Performance without Independence: The Delivery of Justice and Political Legitimacy in Rural China,” Workshop on Works-in-Progress on Chinese Law, Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia University Law School, March 9 (Ethan Michelson and Ke Li)
2010 “Managing Social and Institutional Change in China: Trends and Implications for the US,” USAID/East West Center China Seminar, August 17-18
2010 “What do Chinese Lawyers Want?” for Conference on “Chinese Lawyers’ Next Step,” Caijing Magazine, Beijing, June 29
2010 USAID China Governance Analysis Seminar 2: Trends in Rule of Law and Accountability, Hong Kong, May 24-25
2009 “Chinese Lawyers and their Challenges: Findings from Two Surveys” for Conference on “International Symposium on Chinese Law and Society in Transition,” East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, December 12
2009 paper for International Conference on Relational Sociology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, October 4-5
2009

"What Do Chinese Lawyers Want?" for Conference on “China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation,” the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, September 22-23

2009

"Chinese Lawyers since 2000: Findings from Two Surveys," for Conference on "The 'Law and Society' Movement in the 21st Century China: An Interdisciplinary & Transnational Dialogue on Reconstruction of Legal Order," the KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, September 13

2009 "Gender Inequality in the Chinese Legal Profession," for the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Denver, May 28-31
2008 paper for Conference on Lawyers and the Construction of the Rule of Law: National and Transnational Processes, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL, March 21-22
2007 paper for "Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China’s Transformation" workshop, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, November 2
2007 paper for "Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Post-Reform China" workshop at Harvard University Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, October 12-14
2007 paper for "Conference on Dispute Resolution in China," The William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI, September 17-18
2007 “Climbing the Dispute Pagoda: Grievances and Appeals to the Official Justice System in Rural China,” for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, August 30-September 2
2006 "Deprivation, Discontent, and Disobedience in Rural China: Collective Learning in Southeast Henan," for Conference on "Reclaiming Chinese Society: Politics of Redistribution, Recognition and Representation," University of California-Berkeley, October 27-28
2006 "Lawful and Unlawful Strategies of Contention in China: Evidence from a Survey of Rights Consciousness," for Conference on "Popular Contention in China," University of California-Berkeley, October 6-8 (with Jennifer Choo)
2006 "Dear Lawyer Bao: Institutional Change, State Power, and Popular Resistance in China," for Law and Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, July 5-9 (Ethan Michelson)
2006 "Challenges and Coping Strategies in China's Criminal Defense Bar," for Law and Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, July 5-9 (Ethan Michelson)
2006 "Hooked, Unhooked, Still Hooked: Lawyers, Political Embeddedness, and Institutional Continuity in China's Transition from Socialism," for Conference on Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: China's Political Economy in Comparative and Theoretical Perspective, Bloomington, Indiana, May 19-20
2006 "Peasants' Burdens" and State Response: Explaining the Causes and Predicting the Consequences of Popular Tax Resistance in Rural China," for the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, April 6-9.
2005 "Global Institutions, Local Meaning: Appropriation and Indigenization in the Chinese Legal System," for Workshop on Comparative Institutional Research, Peking University, October 14-16.
2005 "Justice from Above or Justice from Below? Social Limits to Petitioning the State in Rural China," Overseas Young Chinese Forum 7th Annual Meeting (The State of Rural China: Chinese Peasants, Agriculture and Rural Society in the Reform Era), Storrs, CT, May 27-30.
2004 "The Trials and Tribulations of Chinese Lawyers," for the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August 14-17 (Ethan Michelson)
2004 "The Power of a Powerless Profession: Why and How Chinese Lawyers Screen Cases," for the Workshop on Working in China: New Ethnographies of Labor and the Chinese Workplace, Ann Arbor, MI, June 5 (Ethan Michelson)
2004 "How Much Does Law Matter in Rural China?" for Law and Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 27-30 (Ethan Michelson)
2004 "Chinese Lawyers and Their Competitors: State-Mediated Jurisdictional Conflicts," for Law and Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 27-30 (Sida Liu and Ethan Michelson)
2004 "Causes and Consequences of Grievances in Rural China," for Conference on Socioeconomic Rights in China Dickinson College, April 16-18 (Ethan Michelson)
2003 "Chinese Lawyers: Guanxi as a Substitute for Rights," for Human Rights in China: Progress, Problems, and Prospects, University of Chicago, April 19 (Ethan Michelson)
2002 "They Talk the Talk, But Can They Walk the Walk? Obstacles to Collective Action Among Chinese Lawyers," for Law and Society in China conference co-sponsored by the Institute for East Asian Studies, the Center for the Study of Law & Society, and the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California at Berkeley, September 20-21. (Ethan Michelson)
2002 "When Organizations Subsume Law: Work Units and the Structure of Disputing in Urban China," for the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, August 16-19 (also presented at the North American Chinese Sociologists' Association Mini-Conference, Chicago, August 15) (Ethan Michelson)
2002 "How Much Does Law Matter in Beijing?" for Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 30-June 1  (Ethan Michelson)
2002 "Lawyers and Clients in China: The Power of a Powerless Profession," for the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 4-7 (Ethan Michelson)
1999 "Patterns of Provision and Jurisdictional Territorialism: The Organization of Work in Urban China," for the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, August 6-10 (Ethan Michelson)
1998 "Economic Development, Social Control, and Disputing in China: The Changing Face of Chinese Corporatism," for the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August 21-25 (Ethan Michelson and Gao Hongjun)
1997 "Chicago Lawyers and their Clients, 1975-95: A Client-Based Approach to the Social Transformation of the Bar," for "The Management of Durable Relations: Theoretical and Empirical Models for Households and Organizations," Zeist, The Netherlands, June 26-28   (Ethan Michelson, Edward O. Laumann, and John P. Heinz)
1997 "The Organization of Lawyers' Work: Hemispheres, Tectonic Plate Movements, and Continental Drift," for Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, May 29-June 1, St. Louis, Missouri (John P. Heinz, Robert L. Nelson, Edward O. Laumann, and Ethan Michelson)
1997 "Corporatism and the Individual: Changing Dynamics of Disputing Under Rapid Social Change," for Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, May 29-June 1, St. Louis, Missouri (Ethan Michelson and Gao Hongjun)
1996 presentation at "Conducting Social Science Research in Southeast Asia" workshop jointly hosted by the Social Science Research Council and The University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines, June 16-20 (Ethan Michelson)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 

American Sociological Association

Sociology of Law Section, Nominations Committee, 2004

Sociology of Law Section, Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, Chair, 2008

Sociology of Law Section, Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, Chair, 2010

Manuscript reviews for:

American Sociological Review

American Journal of Sociology

Social Forces

Law & Society Review

The China Quarterly

The China Journal

Modern China

The China Review

Asian Survey

Law & Social Inquiry

Canadian Journal of Law & Society

Grant proposal reviews for:
                    National Science Foundation

                    Israeli Science Foundation

                    Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Academic Council, Overseas Young Chinese Forum (http://www.oycf.org), 2006–2008

Facilitator, Fellows Workshop, Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Charleston, SC, March 2006

Screener, Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2006

American Journal of Sociology, manuscript review committee, 1996–1997

LANGUAGE COMPETENCE

           Chinese: written fluent, spoken fluent

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

2011 Reuters
2010 Legal Daily
2010 Wall Street Journal
2009 Outlook Weekly
2009 Legal Daily
2004 BBC World Service (television and radio) (click here for the radio report; here for the web version)
2003 Knight Ridder Newspapers