Professor Chun Lin

Professor Chun Lin

Emeritus Professor in Comparative Politics

Department of Government

Key Expertise
Chinese Politics, Asian Politics, Historical Sociology, Communism

About me

Lin Chun is Professor in Comparative Politics Emeritus. She was educated and worked in China before taking a scholarship to study in England. She received a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in history and political science, and subsequently conducted teaching and research including in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. At the LSE since 1995, she has taught a diverse range of modules at all levels. Her scholarship is in the areas across historical sociology, political economy, post/communist studies, social theory, and non-western regional politics.

Lin Chun is the author of The British New Left (1993; Japanese translation 1999), The Transformation of Chinese Socialism (2006; Spanish translation 2008), China and Global Capitalism (2013; Spanish translation 2015), and Revolution and Counterrevolution in China (2021) among other books. She is also editor or coeditor of eight volumes. Her many articles appear in journals, books, and other outlets, and in various languages. She has served on multiple international steering, editorial, and book prize committees as well as other collaborative projects among her many intellectual and professional engagements.


Research interests

  • Modern Chinese and Asian politics, culture and political economy
  • Historical sociology and comparative developments
  • Communist and postcommunist studies
  • Critical social theory: Marxism, democracy, feminism, basic income and the future of work

Selected publications

  • ‘Red finance: the wartime communist market experience in China’ (Phenomenal World, Mar 2023).
  • ‘China’s market reform debate’, Development and Change, 54:2, Mar 2023
  • Revolution and Counterrevolution in China, Verso, 2021
  • ‘In lieu of an introduction’ (with Mobo Gao), in Yang Songlin, Telling the Truth: China's GLF, Household Registration and the Famine Death Tally, Palgrave 2021
  • ‘Asia and the shift in Marx’s conception of revolution and history’, in Matt Vidal et al. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx, Oxford University Press, 2019
  • ‘China’s new globalism’, Socialist Register 2019
  • ‘Discipline and power: knowledge production of China in political science’, Critical Asian Studies 49:4, 2017
  • ‘The lost international in the transformation of Chinese socialism’, in Vijay Prashad, ed. Communist Histories I, LeftWord, 2016
  • ‘Modernity and the violence of global accumulation: the case of ethnic question in China’, in Breno Bringel and Mauricio Domingues, eds. Contestations of Global Modernity, Sage, 2015
  • ‘Rethinking land reform: comparative lessons from China and India’, in Mahmood Mamdani, ed. The Land Question: Capitalism, Socialism, and the Market, MISR, 2015
  • ‘The language of class in China’, Socialist Register 2015
  • ‘An argument for 'participatory socialism’”, in Cao and Zhong, eds, Culture and Transformation: Theoretical Framework and Chinese Context, Brill, 2014
  • China and Global Capitalism: Reflections on Marxism, History, and Contemporary Politics, Palgrave, 2013
  • ‘Socialist China model or capitalism with Chinese characteristics?’, Sunny Research Advance, 2011-28
  • Is Mao Really a Monster? (edited with Gregor Benton), Routledge 2009 (Swedish translation 2017)
  • ‘Challenging privatization: a conceptual and theoretical argument’, Journal of Chinese Political Science, 14:1, 2009
  • ‘Against privatization in China: a historical and empirical argument’, Journal of Chinese Political Science, 13:1, 2008
  • Reflections on China’s Reform Trajectory, Social Science Academic Press, 2008 (in Chinese)
  • The Transformation of Chinese Socialism, Duke University Press, 2006
  • ‘Human rights and democracy: the case for decoupling’, International Journal of Human Rights, 5:2, 2001 (also in Turkish)
  • ‘Whither feminism: a note on China’, Signs, summer 2001
  • ‘Participation and recognition: the transforming of (un)employment in China’, New Political Science 22:4, 2000
  • China I, II and III (edited anthology) Ashgate, 2000
  • ‘Historical communism and the 20th-century’, in Ruey-Chyi Hwang, ed. From Western Marxism to Post-Marxism, Taipei Academia Sinica, 1998 (in Chinese)
  • ‘Gender equality between state and market’, in Qiu Renzong, ed. Chinese Women and the Feminist Thought, Chinese Social Sciences Publisher, 1998 (in Chinese)
  • The British New Left, Edinburgh University Press, 1993
  • ‘China today: money dissolves the commune’, New Left Review 201, Sept/Oct 1993
  • ‘Marx’s theory of non-capitalist development’, CASS: Selected Writings in the Studies of Marxism 3, 1985
  • ‘Marx’s conception of history and oriental society’, CASS: Research in Marxism 5, 1982