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Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford University

Professor Andrew Walder is the Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor at Stanford University, where he is also a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He joined the Stanford faculty the fall of 1997, after holding previous faculty positions at Columbia, Harvard, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he served as Head of the Division of Social Science. He was a member of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) and Chair of its Panel on Humanities, Social Science, and Business Studies from 1996 to 2006, and has served on other RGC and UGC committees and panels in subsequent years. At Stanford, he has served as Chair of the Department of Sociology, Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and Director of the Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A political sociologist, Professor Walder has long specialised in the sources of inequality, conflict, stability, and change in communist regimes and their successor states. His current research focuses on Mao-era China, with a focus on the mass politics of the Cultural Revolution. His recent publications include Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement (Harvard University Press, 2009) and China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed (Harvard University Press, 2015).