Professor Frederick Teiwes is one of the most important and influential scholars of elite politics over the past five decades, with his ability to seamlessly blend the study of politics with a rich historical brush remaining unsurpassed. His painstaking attention to detail puts the reader inside leadership meetings – occasionally at the very table – where Mao or other leaders were presiding, recreating the atmospherics while maintaining the highest scholarship standards.

Professor Teiwes is the author of the magisterial “Politics and Purges in China” (1979 and 1993); “Politics at Mao’s Court (1990); Leadership, Legitimacy, and Conflict in China” (1984), and many other pieces tracing Chinese politics from 1949 up to the eve of reform and beyond. Over the past three decades, he has worked closely with Warren Sun on various works including “The End of the Maoist Era”(2007); and “Paradoxes of Post-Mao Rural Reform” (2016).  

They are currently working on a study of the early post-Mao period, “Hua Guofeng, Deng Xiaoping, and the Dismantling of Maoism”.