Professor of Asian Law and Society, Dickinson College
2017 Speaker

Pittsburgh, PA

Neil J. Diamant is Professor of Asian Law and Society at Dickinson College and Chair of the East Asian Studies Department. He is author of Revolutionizing the Family: Politics, Love, and Divorce in Urban and Rural China, 1949-1968 (2000), Engaging the Law in China: State, Society and Possibilities for Justice (2005) and Embattled Glory: Veterans, Military Families and the Politics of Patriotism in China, 1949-2007 (2009). Before joining the Dickinson faculty in 2002, he taught at Tel Aviv University in Israel and the University of Pittsburgh. He has also been an instructor and Fellow at the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA. His research has been supported by numerous organizations, including Fulbright, the Committee for Scholarly Communication with China, the Alon Memorial Fund, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the Howard Foundation. In addition to his course on China, Diamant also teaches on Israeli politics and the history of Zionism.

Diamant’s articles on various aspects of Chinese law and society have appeared in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The China Journal, Modern China, The Journal of East Asian Studies, Politics and Society, Armed Forces and Society, Frontiers of History in China, The Law and Society Review and The China Quarterly, among others. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996. He is currently working on political activism among military veterans in China (including lawsuits, petitions, mass protests and online blogging) as well as popular constitutionalism in the Mao era. Diamant has served as a commentator for Ha’aretz, the BBC World Service, the Wall Street Journal and other major publications.