Lawrence C. Reardon

Phone: (603) 862-1858
Office: Political Science, Horton Social Science Center Rm 314, Durham, NH 03824

Lawrence C. Reardon received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He wrote A Third Way: The Origins of China's Current Economic Development Strategy (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2020), The Reluctant Dragon: The Impact of Crisis Cycles on Chinese Foreign Economic Policy (University of Washington Press, 2001), and has written on China's foreign policy for China Quarterly, The Journal of Contemporary China, China Business Review, and The Journal of Shenzhen University. He translated two volumes of key Chinese policy documents concerning China's coastal development strategy (Chinese Law and Government, 1994). He also publishes on the politics of religion in Asian states (Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 2011), co-edited the volume, The Catholic Church and the Nation-State (Georgetown University Press, 2006). He is currently completing two chapter for edited volumes: one on the United Front Work Department, and and a second on the Belt and Road Initiative. He is a research associate at Harvard University's Fairbank Center, was a Luce fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a special researcher at Jinan University. At the University of New Hampshire, he is a professor of political science, and is the coordinator for Asian studies.

Courses Taught

  • IA 501: Global Issues Intrntnl Affairs
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Political Science
  • POLT 403: United States in World Affairs
  • POLT 545: People and Politics in Asia
  • POLT 546: Wealth and Politics in Asia
  • POLT 566: Asian Challenge
  • POLT 569: The Rise of China
  • POLT 602B: Washington Center Internship
  • POLT 760/860: Theories Internatl Relations
  • POLT 762/862: International Political Econ
  • POLT 796: Advanced Study
  • POLT 797E/897E: Seminar/International Politics


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University
  • M.I.A., Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Political Science, Columbia University
  • B.A., International/Global Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

  • China
  • China foreign relations
  • China religion
  • China's domestic policy
  • Special Economic Zones
  • East Asia

Selected Publications

  • Reardon, L. C. (2020). A Third Way The Origins of China's Current Economic Development Strategy. Harvard East Asian Monographs.

  • Reardon, L. C. (2018). The Pope and Asia: Building Bridges-Reconciliation with the People's Republic of China. In POPE FRANCIS AS A GLOBAL ACTOR: WHERE POLITICS AND THEOLOGY MEET (pp. 215-244). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71377-9_11

  • Reardon, L. C. (2015). The Reluctant Dragon Crisis Cycles in Chinese Foreign Economic Policy. University of Washington Press.

  • Reardon, L. C. (2015). The Party Giveth, and the Party Taketh Away: Chinese Enigmatic Attitudes Towards Religion. In RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATION IN MODERN ASIA: A TRANSNATIONAL MOVEMENT (Vol. 148, pp. 26-49). doi:10.1163/9789004289710_003

  • Reardon, L. C. (2005). The economic dimension of the Asian security order. ISSUES & STUDIES, 41(1), 232-236. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Reardon, L. C. (2003). China's industrial reform and open-door policy 1980-1997: A case study from Xianien. CHINA JOURNAL, 49, 157-159. doi:10.2307/3182204

  • Reardon, L. C. (2000). China's road to disaster: Mao central politicians and provincial leaders in the unfolding of the Great Leap Forward, 1955-1959.. ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE, 572, 169-171. doi:10.1177/0002716200572001032

  • Reardon, L. C. (1998). Learning how to open the door: A reassessment of China's "opening" strategy. CHINA QUARTERLY, (155), 479-511. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • REARDON, L. C. (1994). CHINA COASTAL CITIES - CATALYSTS FOR MODERNIZATION - YEUNG,YM, HU,XW. CHINA QUARTERLY, (139), 826-827. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/


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