Faculty Profile

Neil Diamant

Professor of Asian Law and Society (2002), Department Chair

Contact Information

diamantn@dickinson.edu

Stern Center for Global Educ Room 005
717.245.1540

Bio

Professor Diamant's research focuses on law and society in Asia (with particular reference to China, Japan, and India), civil-military relations in China, patriotism in comparative perspective, and the history of Chinese constitutionalism. He also teaches courses on Israeli politics and Zionism. Publications: Professor Diamant is the author of two books, Embattled Glory: Veterans, Military Families and the Politics of Patriotism in China, 1949-2007 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and Revolutionizing the Family: Politics, Love, and Divorce in Urban and Rural China, 1949-1968 (University of California Press, 2000). He also co-edited Engaging the Law in China: State, Society and Possibilities for Justice (Stanford, 2005). Recent articles include "Conspicuous Silence: Veterans and the Depoliticization of War Memory in China" (Modern Asian Studies, 2011), "Veterans, Organization, and the Politics of Martial Citizenship in China" (Journal of East Asian Studies, 2007), "Veterans' Political Activism in China" (Modern China, 2014), "Contentious Veterans: China's Ex-Officers Speak Out" (Armed Forces and Society, 2014). Forthcoming articles on China's 1954 Constitution will appear in The China Journal (2015) and Cold War Studies (2015). He has contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes, including "The Limitations of Martial Citizenship in the People's Republic of China," in Peled, Lewin-Epstein, Mundlak and Cohen's Democratic Citizenship and War (2010); "Why Archives?" in Carlson, Gallagher, Lieberthal, and Manion's Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (2010); and "Legal Syncretism and Family Change in Urban and Rural China" in Galvan and Sil's, Reconfiguring Institutions across Time and Space: Syncretic Responses to Challenges of Political and Economic Transformation (2007).

Education

  • B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1988
  • M.A., University of Washington, 1991
  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1996

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

EASN 101 Introduction to East Asia
An interdisciplinary study of East Asian civilizations. The course provides a framework for understanding by introducing students to traditional social and cultural patterns in East Asia and to the variety of transformations that have taken place there. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.

EASN 259 Law, Pol, & Society in Asia
Cross-listed with LAWP 259-01 and POSC 259-01.

LAWP 259 Law, Pol, & Society in Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 259-01 and POSC 259-01.

POSC 259 Law, Pol, & Society in Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 259-01 and LAWP 259-01.

MEST 262 Zionism
Cross-listed with JDST 262-01 and POSC 290-01. This course aims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Zionism as a political ideology that found its expression in the creation of a state, the establishment of a particular set of economic and cultural institutions as well as in the creation of new conceptions of land, space, and group interaction. At once a future-oriented revolutionary ideology and revivalist movement based on the idea of returning to an ancient homeland, the significance of Zionism in 20th and 21st centuries cannot be understated. Zionism (or rather, Zionists), produced a state Israel whose foundation has roiled politics in the Middle East until today. This course will look at the particular historical circumstances that gave rise to Zionism in the late 19th century, Zionist institutions, political culture and dominant historical narratives. The course will conclude with a detailed examination of more contemporary critics of Zionism both from within Israel and outside of it.

JDST 262 Zionism
Cross-listed with MEST 262-01 and POSC 290-01. This course aims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Zionism as a political ideology that found its expression in the creation of a state, the establishment of a particular set of economic and cultural institutions as well as in the creation of new conceptions of land, space, and group interaction. At once a future-oriented revolutionary ideology and revivalist movement based on the idea of returning to an ancient homeland, the significance of Zionism in 20th and 21st centuries cannot be understated. Zionism (or rather, Zionists), produced a state Israel whose foundation has roiled politics in the Middle East until today. This course will look at the particular historical circumstances that gave rise to Zionism in the late 19th century, Zionist institutions, political culture and dominant historical narratives. The course will conclude with a detailed examination of more contemporary critics of Zionism both from within Israel and outside of it.

POSC 290 Zionism
Cross-listed with JDST 262-01 and MEST 262-01. This course aims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Zionism as a political ideology that found its expression in the creation of a state, the establishment of a particular set of economic and cultural institutions as well as in the creation of new conceptions of land, space, and group interaction. At once a future-oriented revolutionary ideology and revivalist movement based on the idea of returning to an ancient homeland, the significance of Zionism in 20th and 21st centuries cannot be understated. Zionism (or rather, Zionists), produced a state Israel whose foundation has roiled politics in the Middle East until today. This course will look at the particular historical circumstances that gave rise to Zionism in the late 19th century, Zionist institutions, political culture and dominant historical narratives. The course will conclude with a detailed examination of more contemporary critics of Zionism both from within Israel and outside of it.

EASN 306 Conseq China's Economic Reform
Cross-listed with POSC 390-03. This seminar will explore the wide-ranging impact of China's post-Mao economic reforms. Its main goal is to significantly deepen students understanding of certain facets of the current Chinese scene and develop and hone analytical and writing skills. We will be covering politics (both high and low ), economic and social changes, protest, law and private and family life, among other topics.

POSC 390 Conseq China's Economic Reform
Cross-listed with EASN 306-01. This seminar will explore the wide-ranging impact of China's post-Mao economic reforms. Its main goal is to significantly deepen students understanding of certain facets of the current Chinese scene and develop and hone analytical and writing skills. We will be covering politics (both high and low ), economic and social changes, protest, law and private and family life, among other topics.

Spring 2015

EASN 259 Law, Pol, & Society in Asia
Cross-listed with LAWP 259-01 and POSC 259-01.

POSC 259 Law, Pol, & Society in Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 259-01 and LAWP 259-01.

LAWP 259 Law, Pol, & Society in Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 259-01 and POSC 259-01.

EASN 306 Pol of Env Protect in Asia
Cross-listed with ENST 311-06 and POSC 390-03. This seminar takes a close look at the political, social, and legal issues that affect environmental protection in Asia. Focusing attention on China, Taiwan, Japan, and India, and by drawing upon scholarly literature in political science, sociology, law, and history, the course aims to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the myriad factors which shape the content of environmental legislation and policies and how these are implemented in society. Does China's authoritarian system give environmental law more "bite"? What roles do NGO play in Asia? Does Confucianism or Hinduism make people more or less inclined to protect the environment? How do Asians deal with the impact of rapid economic growth? In short, we will try to understand the complex interaction between political, legal, and social dimensions of environmental protection in a region that is home to half of the world's population and three of the world's current and future economic powerhouses.

ENST 311 Pol of Env Protect in Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 306-01 and POSC 390-03. This seminar takes a close look at the political, social, and legal issues that affect environmental protection in Asia. Focusing attention on China, Taiwan, Japan, and India, and by drawing upon scholarly literature in political science, sociology, law, and history, the course aims to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the myriad factors which shape the content of environmental legislation and policies and how these are implemented in society. Does China's authoritarian system give environmental law more "bite"? What roles do NGO play in Asia? Does Confucianism or Hinduism make people more or less inclined to protect the environment? How do Asians deal with the impact of rapid economic growth? In short, we will try to understand the complex interaction between political, legal, and social dimensions of environmental protection in a region that is home to half of the world's population and three of the world's current and future economic powerhouses.

POSC 390 Pol of Env Protect in Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 306-01 and ENST 311-06. This seminar takes a close look at the political, social, and legal issues that affect environmental protection in Asia. Focusing attention on China, Taiwan, Japan, and India, and by drawing upon scholarly literature in political science, sociology, law, and history, the course aims to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the myriad factors which shape the content of environmental legislation and policies and how these are implemented in society. Does China's authoritarian system give environmental law more "bite"? What roles do NGO play in Asia? Does Confucianism or Hinduism make people more or less inclined to protect the environment? How do Asians deal with the impact of rapid economic growth? In short, we will try to understand the complex interaction between political, legal, and social dimensions of environmental protection in a region that is home to half of the world's population and three of the world's current and future economic powerhouses.