Meg Rithmire

F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business Administration


Meg Rithmire (任美格) is an associate professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit, where she teaches the course of the same name in the MBA required curriculum. Professor Rithmire holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, and her primary expertise is in the comparative political economy of development with a focus on China. Her first book, Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines the role of land politics, urban governments, and local property rights regimes in the Chinese economic reforms. A new project investigates the influence of diasporas, and the overseas Chinese communities in particular, in the progress of economic and political reforms in the homeland. She is a faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard. In 2015, she won the Faculty Teaching Award in the Required Curriculum at Harvard Business School.

Research Interests: contemporary Chinese politics; relationship between urban planning and post-1978 economic reforms.

Selected Publications


  • Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism: The Politics of Property Rights under Reform. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

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