Faculty Profile

Neil Diamant

Professor of Asian Law and Society (2002)

Contact Information


Stern Center for Global Educ Room 005


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).


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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

POSC 264 Pol, Soc, & Culture in Israel
Cross-listed with JDST 264-01 and MEST 264-01.

MEST 264 Pol, Soc, & Culture in Israel
Cross-listed with JDST 264-01 and POSC 264-01.

JDST 264 Pol, Soc, & Culture in Israel
Cross-listed with MEST 264-01 and POSC 264-01.

EASN 310 Interpret Chinese Cultural Rev
Cross-listed with POSC 390-02.

POSC 390 Interpreting Chin Cultural Rev
Cross-listed with EASN 310-01.This seminar examines the varying approaches and methodologies scholars have adopted in studying the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), one of the most important political events in modern Chinese history. While the course does cover some history, its approach is mainly analytical to formulate effective research results. How can we know if a certain methodology is appropriate? How have primary and secondary sources been used to understand this complex event? The goal is to teach students about what happened during the Cultural Revolution and how scholars have studied it.

Spring 2017

EASN 259 Law, Pol, & Society in Asia
Cross-listed with POSC 259-01 & LAWP 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 490 Senior Research
Leading to a senior thesis and jointly supervised by at least two faculty in the program.

POSC 500 Independent Study