Iza Ding's project is "Environmental Governance in Chinese Counties: State, Society, and Capital." She examines varying local environmental enforcement practices and their economic and institutional determinants. She will be conducting fieldwork in Zhejiang and Guizhou provinces to investigate two guiding questions: What determines who controls environmental policy in a Chinese county, and how do local decision-making structures affect environmental policy outcomes? Her faculty advisor is Elizabeth Perry.
Jeffrey Javed's dissertation explores the role of local informal institutions and local political leadership in the process of institutional change during collectivization and decollectivization. His research is focused on state-society dynamics at the county level in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces. He will be gathering data in provincial archives in Nanjing and Hefei and conducting fieldwork during his fellowship year. His faculty advisor is Elizabeth Perry.