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Dr Mayling Birney

birney-mayling-113x148Assistant Professor

Department of International Development (ID)

Affiliate, Department of Government 



Mayling Birney is a comparativist with a special expertise in the politics and political economy of China. Her broad research interests include political reform and stability in China; governance and development; comparative democratization and authoritarian resilience; the rule of law; local-national relations; state-society relations; and authoritarian and mixed regimes.  She is currently finishing a book about China’s distinctive form of authoritarian governing, in which she highlights its consequences for stability, justice and reform.  From 2007-2010, Dr. Birney was at Princeton University, where she was jointly appointed as the Wilson-Cotsen Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows and as a Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School. In 2006-2007, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, a leading think tank in Washington D.C. In an earlier part of her career, Dr. Birney also explored democratic politics in the United States, including through professional work as a Legislative Aide in the United States Senate. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Yale.


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Mayling Birney
Department of International Development
Connaught House, CON 8.14
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Email: m.e.birney@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7455