Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Martin Dimitrov

Associate Professor - Political Science

Contact Info


  • B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, Government and French, 1998
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Political Science, 2004

Academic Experience

  • Director of Asian Studies Program, Tulane University, 2014-2016
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2011-
  • Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, 2004-2011

Research & Teaching Specializations: Chinese politics; post-Soviet politics; authoritarian politics

Related Experience

  • Associate Editor for Asia, Problems of Post-Communism, 2014-2016
  • Visiting Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki, Finland), summers 2013 & 2014
  • Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 2011-2014
  • Fellow, Public Intellectuals Program, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2011-2013
  • An Wang Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, 2005-2006
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 2004


  • Berlin Prize and Axel Springer Fellowship, American Academy in Berlin, 2012
  • Distinguished Guest Fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, 2011
  • Public Intellectuals Program Fellow, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2011-2013
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2010-2011
  • W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National * Fellowship, Hoover Institution, 2010-2011 (declined)
  • Fellowship, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, 2003
  • International Predissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2001-2002

Languages Bulgarian; Mandarin Chinese; Russian; German; French; Spanish; Serbo-Croatian; Japanese

Selected Publications

  • 2014. “Internal Government Assessments of the Quality of Governance in China,” Studies in Comparative International Development
  • 2014. “What the Party Wanted to Know: Citizen Complaints as a ‘Barometer of Public Opinion’ in Communist Bulgaria.” East European Politics and Societies.
  • 2014. “Tracking Public Opinion under Authoritarianism: The Case of the Soviet Union under Brezhnev.” Russian History.
  • 2013. Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press. [Currently being translated into Portuguese, Greek, and Turkish.]
  • 2012. “The Persistence of Authoritarianism.” The Berlin Journal 23: 25-28.
  • 2009. “The Popular Autocrats.” Journal of Democracy 20(1): 78-81.
  • 2009. Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Authoritarianism

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in Past 5 Years: 1
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