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William Hurst

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

William Hurst works on labor politics, contentious politics, political economy, and the politics of law and legal institutions, principally in China and Indonesia. He is the author of The Chinese Worker after Socialism (Cambridge) and co-editor of Laid-off Workers in a Workers’ State: Unemployment with Chinese Characteristics (Palgrave-MacMillan) and has published numerous articles and book chapters. His current and ongoing research focuses on the politics of legal institutions in both China and Indonesia. For this work he has completed more than one year of fieldwork in each country since 2006. 

Hurst’s teaching focuses on Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy, comparative political economy of development, contentious politics and social movements, as well as comparative politics more broadly. Before coming to Northwestern, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford and an assistant professor at the Universities of Texas and Toronto.
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