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Jeremy Wallace

Jeremy Wallace

A. Doak Barnett Professor


Jeremy Wallace is the A. Doak Barnett Professor of China Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He studies China, climate change, cities, and statistics. He serves as an editor at Good Authority and writes the China Lab newsletter.


Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarianism in China
New York: Oxford University Press. 2022.
Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival in China
New York: Oxford University Press. 2014.

Journal Articles

Forthcoming. “Information Politics and Propaganda in Authoritarian Societies.Annual Review of Political Science. (with Bryn Rosenfeld)
Forthcoming. “International Relations and Commerce: Evidence from Boycott and Consumer Spending in China.” Journal of East Asian Studies. (with Panle Jia Barwick, Shanjun Li, and Jessica Chen Weiss).
2023.   “What’s Not Trending on Weibo: China’s Missing Climate Change Discourse.” Environmental Research Communications. 5(1)011002.  (with Chuxuan Liu).
2021.   “A Plague on Politics? The COVID Crisis, Expertise, and the Future of Legitimation.” American Political Science Review. 115(4): 1524-1529. (with Michael A. Neblo).
2021.   “Domestic Politics, China’s Rise, and Challenges to the Liberal International Order.” International Organization. 75(2): pp. 635-664. (with Jessica Chen Weiss).
2021.   “Slums amidst Ghost Cities: Incentive and Information Problems in China’s Urbanization.” Problems of Post-Communism. (with Jiwon Baik).
2018.   “The Political and Economic Consequences of Nationalist Protest in China: Repercussions of the 2012 Anti-Japanese Demonstrations.China Quarterly. 236: 1131-1153. (with Kevin Foley and Jessica Weiss).
2017.   “Seeing Ghosts: Parsing China’s “Ghost City” Controversy.” Urban Geography. 38(8): 1270-1281. (with Max Woodworth).
2016.   “Juking the Stats? Authoritarian Information Problems in China.” British Journal of Political Science. 46(1): 11–29. Mentions: Marginal Revolution; Washington Post.
2015.   “The Political Geography of Nationalist Protest in China: Cities and the 2012 Anti-Japanese Demonstrations.China Quarterly. 222: 403–429. (with Jessica Chen Weiss).
2014.   “Central vs. Local States: Which Matters More for China’s Urban Growth?Land Use Policy. 38: 487–496. (with Qian Zhang, Karen Seto, & Xiangzheng Deng).
2013.   “Cities, Redistribution, and Authoritarian Regime Survival.” The Journal of Politics. 75(3): 632–645. Mentions: Foreign Policy; Wall Street Journal.
2013.   “Who Uses the Clean Development Mechanism? An Empirical Analysis of Projects in Chinese Provinces.Global Environmental Change. 23(2): 512–521. (with Patrick Bayer & Johannes Urpelainen).


Chapters, Reports, Short Pieces, and Reviews

2023.   “Why Does China Remain Locked On Growth Targets?” Noema.
2023.   “The Carbon Triangle.” Phenomenal World.
2022.   “Why China Aims Too High.” Foreign Affairs.
2022.   “Xi's First Steps in Power Signaled His Political Turn.” Foreign Policy.
2022.   “Is China Losing GDP Religion?” The China Project.
2022.   “Spirals of Delusion: How AI Distorts Decision-Making and Makes Dictators More Dangerous.” Foreign Affairs. (with Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman)
2022.   “Review of Making It Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China by Arunabh Ghosh.” Journal of Development Studies.
2022.   “Review of Governing the Urban in China and India: Land Grabs, Slum Clearance, and the War on Air Pollution by Xuefei Ren.” Journal of Chinese Political Science.
2022.   “Cities for Whom? The 2017 Beijing Demolitions in Context.” In China Urbanizing, edited by Weiping Wu and Qin Gao, 38–60. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (with Shiqi Ma)
2021.   “Gatekeepers of the Transition: How Provinces Are Adapting to China’s National Decarbonization Pledges.” Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy. (with Ned Downie)
2020.   “The New Normal: A Neopolitical Turn in China’s Reform Era.” in Koesel et al (ed). Citizens and the State in Authoritarian Regimes: Comparing China and Russia. New York: Oxford University Press.
2019.   “Authoritarian Turnover and Change in Comparative Perspective.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
2018.   “Dearth and Distortion in Dictators’ Data.” Comparative Politics Newsletter Vol. 28(2): 70-74. 
2018.   “Review of Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China by Diana Fu.” Journal of Chinese Political Science.
2015.   “Information Politics in Dictatorships.” in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. (eds.) Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn. John Wiley and Sons.

Other Writing and Selected Media Appearances

2024.01.29.      “More Clean Energy Is Good, Even If It Comes from China.” Heatmap.
2024.01.10.      “Good to Know: The US Commitment to Taiwan.” Good Authority.
2023.12.14.      “Was the COP28 climate meeting a cop-out – or something bigger?Good Authority.
2023.11.21.      “What the clean energy boom means for fossil fuel communities.” Good Authority.
2023.11.16.      “Back to face-to-face: What you need to know about the Biden-Xi summit.” Good Authority.
2023.10.19.      “Are US-China relations on the mend?Good Authority.
2023.09.20.      “What China’s Economic Slowdown Means for the World.Good Authority.
2023.08.24.      “China’s Old Economic Model is Breaking. Its Replacement Might Be Green.” Heatmap.
2023.05.26.      “China’s Solar Boom Is Big, Fast, and Unstable.” Heatmap.
2023.04.20.      “What China’s Economic Resurgence Means for the Planet.” Heatmap.
2022.12.21.      “Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts, with Jeremy Wallace.” China Corner Office. (podcast)
2022.12.18.      “Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts.” New Books Network. (podcast)
2022.12.13.      “Interview: Jeremy Wallace on The Chinese State’s ‘Limited, Quantified Vision.’” China Digital Times.
2022.11.30.      Why protesters are targeting Xi Jinping for China's 'zero covid’ failuresWashington Post. TMC.          
2022.11.29.      “Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts.” Departures Podcast with Robert Amsterdam.
2022.05.26.      The Ukraine War’s Shadow on China’s Road to Decarbonization. New Security Beat.
2022.05.21.      Op-Ed: The Catastrophic Success of China’s zero-COVID policy. LA Times.
2022.01.24.      Political Science, Authoritarianism, and Climate Change. Substack.
2021.10.22.      Why Xi’s Common Prosperity Drive Matters. Washington Post. TMC.
2020.12.11.      Numbers Aren’t Reality, but You Can’t Govern Without Them. Foreign Policy.
2020.04.09.      Op-Ed: China’s coronavirus statistics aren’t the real problem. LA Times. (with Jessica Chen Weiss)
2020.03.23.      China is reporting big successes in the coronavirus fight. Should we trust the numbers? Washington Post. TMC. Top 3 Monkey Cage post in 2020.
2018.02.27.      Xi Jinping’s Third Term. Washington Post. TMC.
2015.12.28.      Here’s why it matters that China is admitting that its statistics are ‘unreliable’Washington Post. TMC.
2015.08.26.      The Political Implications of China’s Stock Market Crisis. Washington Post. TMC.
2015.07.21.      Is China’s Reform Era Over and, If So, What’s Next? ChinaFile.
2015.03.15.      CDT Bookshelf: Interview with Jeremy Wallace. China Digital Times.
2015.01.04.      “Q & A: Jeremy Wallace on China’s Rush to Urbanize.” NYT.
2014.12.17.      “Urbanization, Redistribution, and Regime Survival.NCUSCR Podcast.
2014.10.15.      “The Protests in Hong Kong” All Sides with Ann Fisher.
2014.09.02.      “Cities and Stability” ChinaFile book video.



  • China


  • Climate
  • Cities
  • Statistics


  • Chinese

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