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Carolyn Hsu

Carolyn Hsu

Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology, 408 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7083
My current research examines the rise of NGOs in the People's Republic of China. NGOs are a new phenomenon in China -- they barely existed at all 20 years ago, but now there are thousands. You can read a little bit about this research in an article I wrote for the Colgate Scene, autumn 2008, titled Serving the People. It describes new trends in charitable giving and volunteerism in China.

To see more recent work on the subject, check out my talk at the Forum on NGO Governance and Management in China, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.  I have also published several academic articles on the topic: “Beyond Civil Society: An Organizational Perspective on State–NGO Relations in the People's Republic of China.” (2010) and "Rehabilitating Charity in China" (2008); both came out in the Journal of Civil Society.

I conducted the 2003 and 2009 Colgate Campus Climate Surveys. Working with my co-author, Dr. Landon Reid, we surveyed the entire student body to examine how students' experiences of campus life differentiated by race, gender, socioeconomic class, and other factors.

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Degree

BA, Yale University, 1991; MA (1995), PhD (2000), University of California, San Diego

Specialties

Modern Chinese society; institutions and organizations; NGOs; globalization and global markets; post-socialist development; economic sociology; social mobility and inequality; narratives; visual sociology; morality and religion

Publications

Carolyn Hsu's book, Creating Market Socialism book coverBook:
2007 Creating Market Socialism: How Ordinary People are Shaping Class and Status in China, Duke University Press.

Published articles:

2011 - “Even Further beyond Civil Society: The Rise of Internet-Oriented Chinese NGOs (Response to Kin-Man Chan and Li Zhang), ” Journal of Civil Society. Forthcoming.

2010 - “Beyond Civil Society: An Organizational Perspective on State–NGO Relations in the People's Republic of China.” Journal of Civil Society. 6 (3): 259 – 277

2010 - "Corruption or Social Capital?  Tact and the Performance of Guanxi in Market Socialist China,” (co-authored with Alan Smart) in Public Sector Corruption, Edited by Michael Johnston, Sage Publications

2008 - "Rehabilitating Charity in China: The Case of Project Hope and the Rise of Nonprofit Organizations". Journal of Civil Society. 4 (2): 81-96.

2008 - "The School in the City and the City in the School: Ideological Transformations in China." Visual Studies. 23 (1): 20-33

2007 - "Corruption or Social Capital? Tact and the Performance of Guanxi in Market Socialist China," (co-authored with Alan Smart) for Corruption and the Secret of Law: A Legal Anthropological Perspective, edited by Monique Nuijten and Gerhard Anders. Ashgate. Pages 167-190.

2006 - "Cadres, Getihu, and Good Businesspeople: The Social Construction of Entrepreneurs in Early Post-Socialist China," Urban Anthropology, 35 (1): 1-38.

2006 - "Market Ventures, Moral Logics, and Ambiguity." The Sociological Quarterly, 47: 69-92.

2005 - "A Taste of Modernity: Working in a Western Restaurant in Market Socialist China," Ethnography, 6(4): 543-565.

2005 - "Capitalism Without Contracts Versus Capitalists Without Capitalism: Comparing the Influence of Chinese Guanxi and Russian Blat on Marketization." Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 38:309-327.

2001 - "Political Narratives and the Production of Legitimacy: The Case of Corruption in Post-Mao China." Qualitative Sociology, 24 (1): 25-54.

1996 - "Corruption and Morality in the People's Republic of China." Indiana East Asian Working Paper Series 8 1-26.


Teaching Experience

Associate Professor: Colgate University Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Globalization, Culture and Everyday Life
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Senior Seminar in Sociology
  • High Honors Thesis Workshop
  • CORE Communities and Identity: China

Personal

I am married to Christopher Henke, who is also a sociology professor here at Colgate. We have one daughter, Lin, born in 2001.

In the winter of the 2011-12 academic year, I traveled to India with 26 other Colgate faculty members. Our mission was to confront questions of identity, culture, and knowledge across intellectual boundaries in order to support our instruction within Colgate's Core program. Read more about our experiences at our blog Reflections from India.