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Hua-yu Li

liAssociate Professor
300A Gilkey Hall
Political Science
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5303
Phone: (541) 737-6235
Fax: (541) 737-2289
Email: Hua-yu Li




Teaching Resources: 



  • Columbia University: Ph.D., Political Science, February 1997
  • Harvard University: A.M., Regional Studies—East Asia, 1983
  • Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan) B.A., Comparative Culture, 1981

Areas of Interest:

  • Research Interests
  • China’s political economy in the 1950s
  • Chinese Communist Party in comparative perspectives
  • Soviet impact on China
  • Stalinism and Chinese Marxism

Selected Publications:


  • Thomas P. Bernstein and Hua-yu Li, eds., China Learns from the Soviet Union: 1949–Present (Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series, Lexington Book, January 2010). Paperback edition, July 2011. 
  • Mao and the Economic Stalinization of China: 1948–1953 (Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series, Rowman & Littlefield, February 2006).

 Book chapters and articles

  •  “Instilling Stalinism in Chinese Party Members: Absorbing Stalin’s Short Course,” in Thomas P. Bernstein and Hua-yu Li, eds., China Learns from the Soviet Union, 1949–Present (January 2010).
  • “Reactions of Chinese People to the Death of Stalin,” Journal of Cold War Studies, 11, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 70-88.
  • “Stalin’s Short Course and China’s Socialist Economic Transformation in the Early 1950s,” Russian History/Histoire Russe 29, no. 2-4 (2002): 357-76.
  • “The Political Stalinization of China: The Establishment of One-Party Constitutionalism, 1948–54,” Journal of Cold War Studies 3, no. 2 (Spring 2001): 28-47.