Daniel Lynch

Associate Professor of International Relations

Contact Information
E-mail: dlynch@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-0773
Office: VKC 326



  • M.A. International Affairs (East and Southeast Asia), George Washington University, 1989
  • Ph.D. Political Science (IR / Comparative Politics / China), University of Michigan, 1996

  • Postdoctoral Training

    • Postdoctoral fellow, Center for International Studies and Pacific Council on International Policy, 1996-1997   

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Lynch is currently researching how Chinese political and intellectual elites expect China will, or should, change in the years leading up to about 2030. He is focusing on five interrelated issue-areas: domestic political processes and institutions; comprehensive national power and its implications for the country's role(s) in world politics; Party-state defense of cultural integrity and national identity under conditions of deepening globalization; development and diffusion of potentially transformative new technologies; and prospects for achieving sustainable development. Lynch's goal is to understand how Chinese people patched into policymaking networks are conceiving their own society's future; he is not trying to develop "objective" predictions or forecasts of his own. But he is interested in assessing how the Chinese expectations differ from dominant expectations implicit in Western social science models, and what these differences may mean for China's actual course of development. In addition to this large-scale project, Lynch--in his spare time (!)--continues to monitor the domestic politics of Taiwan and Thailand, and in particular the problems these societies face in deepening democracy, consolidating autonomy, and achieving social justice. Unavoidably and increasingly, Taiwanese and Thai people must face their domestic challenges within the context of China's rise. How these outside "others" experience Chinese change can be just as illuminating as how Chinese people themselves interpret their country's developmental trajectory.
    Research Specialties
    International relations of East and Southeast Asia; domestic politics and foreign policies of China, Taiwan, and Thailand; state-society relations; democratization; socialization into the international society of states


    • Lynch, D. C. (2006). *Rising China and Asian Democratization: Socialization to "Global Culture" in the Political Transformations of Thailand, China, and Taiwan* (Paperback edition: August 2008). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
    • Lynch, D. C. (1999). *After the Propaganda State: Media, Politics, and "Thought Work" in Reformed China*. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

    Book Chapter
    • Lynch, D. C. (2005). "Taiwan Adapts to the Network Society," in Edward Friedman, ed., **China's Rise, Taiwan's Dilemmas, and International Peace*. pp. 130-46. London and New York: Routledge.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2000). "The Nature and Consequences of China's Unique Pattern of Telecommunications Development," in C.C. Lee, ed., *Power, Money, and Media: Communication Patterns and Bureaucratic Control in Cultural China*. pp. 179-205. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.

    Book Review
    • Lynch, D. C. (2010). Review of Yasheng Huang's Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State. Perspectives on Politics. pp. 401-402.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2009). Review of Yuezhi Zhao's *Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict*. Pacific Affairs.

    • Lynch, D. C. (2010). What to Read on Taiwanese Politics. Foreign Affairs (online).

    Journal Article
    • Lynch, D. C. (2010). The Study of Chinese Communication in the 2010s. International Journal of Communication. Vol. 4 (Dec 2010), pp. 495-500.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2010). Democracy, Security, and Regionalism in Asia: A Review Essay. Asia Policy. (July 2010), pp. 189-95.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2009). "Chinese Thinking on the Future of International Relations: Realism as the Ti, Rationalism as the Yong?". *The China Quarterly*. (197 (March 2009))
    • Lynch, D. C. (2007). "Envisioning China's Political Future: Elite Responses to Democracy as a Global Constitutive Norm". *International Studies Quarterly*. Vol. 51, pp. 701-22.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2007). "Response to ‘Culture Clash: Rising China vs. Asian Democratization'". *Taiwan Journal of Democracy*. Vol. 3 (1), pp. 159-165.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2004). "Taiwan's Self-Conscious Nation-Building Project". *Asian Survey*. pp. 513-33.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2004). "International 'Decentering' and Democratization: The Case of Thailand". *International Studies Quarterly*. pp. 339-62.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2003). "Taiwan's Democratization and the Rise of Taiwanese Nationalism as Socialization to Global Culture". *Pacific Affairs*. pp. 557-74.
    • Lynch, D. C. (1999). "Dilemmas of Thought Work in Fin-de-Siecle China". *The China Quarterly*. Vol. 157, pp. 173-201.

    Magazine/Trade Publication
    • Lynch, D. C. What China Can Learn from Thailand. The Diplomat.
    • Lynch, D. C. China: What’s Next (Taiwan). The Diplomat.
    • Lynch, D. C. China's Next Revolution. Far Eastern Economic Review.

    • Lynch, D. C. (2005). "Refocusing the Taiwanese Nationalists' Subjectivity Movement". *China Brief* (Jamestown Foundation).

    • Lynch, D. C. (2009). Daniel Lynch on China's Economy. Wall Street Journal.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2008). "Why Mr. Samak Must Go". *Far Eastern Economic Review*.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2008). "Will the Olympics Change China?". *Far Eastern Economic Review*.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2008). "Mr. Ma's Taiwanese Identity". *Far Eastern Economic Review*.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2005). "China Risks Overplaying Its Hand". *Wall Street Journal* (Asian and European editions).
    • Lynch, D. C. (2003). "Excluding Taiwan from the World's View". *Taipei Times*.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2002). "China's Great Internet Firewall". Project Syndicate.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2002). "The Time Has Come to Talk". *South China Morning Post* (Hong Kong).

    • Lynch, D. C. (2004). *The Asia-Pacific in a Time of Insecurity: Implications for Public Policy and the Private Sector*. Pacific Council on International Policy and the University of Southern California.
    • Oksenberg, M., Swaine, M., Lynch, D. C. (1997). *The Chinese Future*. Pacific Council on International Policy and the RAND Corporation.

    Working Paper
    • Lynch, D. C. (2002). "The Turbulent US-China Relationship: Insights from Chaos Theory and Constructivism". Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont-McKenna College.
    • Lynch, D. C. (2001). "Perversity and Alacrity in International Affairs". Center for International Studies, University of Southern California.

    Honors and Awards

    • Fieldwork grants awarded annually by the USC School of International Relations, Center for International Studies, and/or US-China Institute to research various aspects of Chinese elite thinking on the Chinese future, 2006-  
    • Blakemore Foundation Grant for Advanced Study and Research in Chinese (National Taiwan University), 2003-2004  
    • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Research Grant, for fieldwork and archival research on the role of national collective identity factors in the divergent political trajectories of China and Taiwan, 2000-2002  
    • Fulbright Award, Fieldwork grant to research the role of national collective identity in Thailand's democratization, 1999-2000  
    • APRU Fellowship, for taking part in a study tour and workshops in Berkeley, Kyoto, and Bangkok on the Asian economic meltdown, 1999  
    • USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, Fieldwork grant to research the role of underground media in Taiwan's democratization, 1998  
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, USC Center for International Studies and Pacific Council on International Policy (Los Angeles), 1996-1997   
    • Dissertation Write-Up Grant, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), 1995-1996   
    • Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Dissertation Fellowship on Peace and Security in a Changing World, for advanced study at Stanford University followed by dissertation field and archival work in Beijing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Hong Kong, and Taipei, 1993-1995  

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Director, USC Politics and International Relations Ph.D. Program, 06/2006-06/2009  

    • Member, Executive Committee, USC US-China Institute, 10/2005-  

    Service to the Profession

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Editorial Board Member, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 2006-  
    • Editorial Board Member, Issues and Studies, 2004-  

    Professional Memberships
    • International Studies Association, 2001-  
    • National Committee on US-China Relations, 2001-  
    • Japan Association for Asian Studies, 1999-  
    • Association for Asian Studies, 1997-  

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