Faculty Profile

David Strand

Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science (1980)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Spring 2015


Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105E


His teaching and research fields include modern Chinese politics and history, urban studies, human rights, and Asian studies and the environment. Books include Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989, Reconstructing Twentieth Century China: State Control, Civil Society and National Identity (co-editor with Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard) (New York: Oxford University/Clarendon Press, 1998), Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast and Diaspora in Transnational China (co-editor with Sherman Cochran and Wen-hsin Yeh) (Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies China Research Monographs, University of California, Berkeley, 2007), New Lives for Asian Images (co-editor with Samuel K. Parker) (Carlisle, PA: Dickinson College Department of East Asian Studies and Trout Gallery, 2008), and An Unfinished Republic: Leading By Word and Deed in Early Twentieth Century China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011). His latest publication is “A Walk in the Park: Singapore’s Green Corridor as a Homegrown Import,” Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No. 223 (July 2014) National University of Singapore. He will serve as Director of the Dickinson Norwich Humanities Program, 2015-17.


  • B.A., Lawrence University, 1971
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1973
  • M.Phil., 1974
  • Ph.D., 1979

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

POSC 150 Comparative Politics
An introduction to comparative political analysis with applications to political systems, processes, and issues in countries of the Third World and in advanced industrial states alike. The purpose of the course is to learn to observe systematically, to analyze political phenomena, and to distinguish and evaluate the assumptions underlying alternative approaches to the study of politics.

POSC 290 The Politics of Parks
Whether located at the center of a city or in the midst of a wilderness, public parks comprise a uniquely modern public good, designed to meet competing and complementary needs for social recreation, open space, and the conservation of nature and preservation of biodiversity. Worldwide they host endangered animals like Bengal tigers and "urban animals" like pigeons, squirrels and household pets. They are home to cricket and softball leagues as well as history-changing protests and orations. We will examine public and national parks as public policy, objects of planning and design, expressions of political culture and social change, and opportunities to represent and rethink the relationship between humankind and the natural world.