China's Search for ValuesThe country's great awakening is changing the lives of people--and the nation.
Rediscovering History in ChinaChanging how people think about the past, and the present.
Leaving the landThe world's largest migration is transforming China's cities and countryside
Islam in EuropeA five-year project using original archival material to trace the roots of radical Islam
Civil societyChina's unregistered churches are China's biggest NGOs, and a challenge to the state.
China's Search for ValuesHow to live a good life, in this world and the next.
Rediscovering History in ChinaNew ways of thinking about the past, and the present.
Leaving the landFolk Daoists in Shanxi are rooted in the countryside, but moving to the cities.
Islam in EuropeThe roots of radical Islam in the West stretch back to the early years of the Cold War.
Civil SocietyOrdinary people are fomenting change in China's villages, cities, and its heart.
Since the late 1980s I've been interested in how people and governments interact. Over the years, this thread has run through most of my work.
Starting in the late 1980s, I traveled regularly from West Berlin into East Germany. I saw how civil society groups in the east, especially under the umbrella of the Protesant church, created space for other groups that helped topple the communist regime. In the 1990s, I returned to China (after my first stay, from 1984 to 1985) and saw growing tensions between civil society and the government--a seesaw battle that continues today. Read more