On leave academic year 2016-2017
Meg Rithmire is an assistant professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit, where she teaches the course of the same name in the MBA required curriculum. Professor Rithmire holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University, and her primary expertise is in the comparative political economy of development with a focus on China. Her first book, Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines the role of land politics, urban governments, and local property rights regimes in the Chinese economic reforms. A new project, for which Meg is conducting research in Asia 2017-2018, investigates why, when, and how Asian countries have opened to globalisation over the past thirty years. The research has two components; first, examining government policies that facilitate the internationalisation of domestic firms, and, second, understanding firm strategies for managing transnational investments, especially in emerging and frontier markets where political and institutional uncertainties abound. She is a faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard. In 2015, she won the Faculty Teaching Award in the Required Curriculum.