Associate Professor Martin Dimitrov


Martin Dimitrov

Associate Professor

Office Hours : M 10-12 and By Appointment, 305 Norman Mayer

Contact : 862-8301,






Martin K. Dimitrov is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Tulane University. He is also Chair of the Working Group on Authoritarian Resilience at the Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance Statecraft in the 21st Century at the American Academy in Berlin; an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University; and the Associate Editor for Asia of Problems of Post-Communism. His books include Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Dictatorship and Information: Autocratic Regime Resilience in Communist Europe and China. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2004 and has held residential fellowships at the American Academy in Berlin; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the Aleksanteri Institute in Helsinki; the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame; the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford; the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard; and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard. He is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a member of the board of the Confucius Institute at Tulane University. He has conducted fieldwork in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Cuba.


ASTA 5100 Senior Colloquium in Asian Studies.

POLS7111 Scope and Methods for Political Science (course for PhD students), Fall 2014.

POLI3010 The Rise of China, Spring 2013, Fall 2013.

POLC4340 Chinese Politics: From Revolution to Reform, Spring 2015.

POLC4350 Chinese Politics: The Reform Era, Fall 2012.

POLC6950 Authoritarianism, Fall 2012, Fall 2013.

POLC6951 Regime Change in Asia, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015.

POLC7950 Democracy and Democratization (course for PhD students), Spring 2016.

Recent Research

“The Functions of Letters to the Editor in Reform-Era Cuba,” Latin American Research Review, forthcoming 54:1 (2019).

"The Political Logic of Media Control in China," Problems of Post-Communism 64:3-4 (2017), 121-127.

"The Socialist Social Contract Revisited: Evidence from Communist and State Capitalist Economies," (co-authored with Linda Cook), Europe-Asia Studies, 69:1 (2017), 8-26.

"Structural Preconditions for the Rise of the Rule of Law in China," Journal of Chinese Governance 1:3 (2016), 470-478.

"Internal Government Assessments of the Quality of Governance in China," Studies in Comparative International Development 50:1 (March 2015), 50-72.

"What the Party Wanted to Know: Citizen Complaints as a ‘Barometer of Public Opinion’ in Communist Bulgaria," East European Politics and Societies and Cultures 28:2 (May 2014), 271-295 [lead article].

"State Security, Information, and Repression: A Comparison of Communist Bulgaria and Ba’thist Iraq" (co-authored with Joseph Sassoon), Journal of Cold War Studies 16:2 (Spring 2014), 4-31 [lead article].

"Tracking Public Opinion under Authoritarianism: The Case of the Soviet Union under Brezhnev," Russian History 41:3 (2014), 329-353.

"Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe" (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Curriculum Vitae

Tulane University, Political Science Dept, 316 Norman Mayer Bldg, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5166