Setsuko Matsuzawa

Setsuko Matsuzawa

Professor of Sociology

Department/Affiliation: East Asian Studies, Sociology and Anthropology
Phone: 330-287-1904
Office Address: 013 Kauke Hall


  • L.L.B., Sophia 1987
  • M.P.P., Duke 1991
  • L.L.M., Georgetown Law Center 1994
  • Certificate, Inter-University Program (IUP) for Chinese Language Studies (administered by UC-Berkeley)Tsinghua University, China, 2001
  • Ph.D., California-San Diego 2007

Courses Taught

  • SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 203: Environmental Sociology
  • SOCI 205: Sociology of Law
  • SOCI 211: Social Movement
  • SOCI 219: Globalization and Contemporary Chinese Society

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • She was a Freeman Post-Doc Fellow as well as Fulbright Scholar.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • She has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright Hays and FLAS), the University of California (a Pacific Rim Research Grant, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation fellowship, and Regent Fellowship), the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation (Taiwan), and the World Bank.
  • American Sociological Association
  • Association for Asian Studies


  • "A Donor Influenced by Local Dynamics: Unintended Consequences of Capacity Building in China,"
  • "Greenpeace" and "Respondeat Superior," in Encyclopedia of White Collar and Corporate Crime, Second Edition, Salinger, Lawrence M. (ed), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press, (2013).
  • "Citizen Environmental Activism in China: Legitimacy, Alliances, and Rights-based Discourses," in ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts 19(2): 81-91 (2012).
  • "Horizontal Dynamics in Transnational Activism: The Case of Nu River Anti-dam Activism in China" in Mobilization: The International Quarterly Review of Social Movement Research 16(3): 369-87 (2011).
  • "The Emergence of Environmental Organizations and Women's Environmental Activism in China and Taiwan." Publication in the Journal of Asian Women's Studies (Japan), 12, pp. 7-14 (Mar. 2003) reprinted in the Journal of Chinese Studies (Japan), 45 (2004).
  • She has published book reviews with American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Mobilization: The International Quarterly Review of Social Movement Research, and Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest.


Her primary research interests center on global non-state actors, such as International Organizations (IOs) and International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs), and their relationships to states and local social actors. She explores these concerns in studying the development of environment activism in China. She is currently interested in examining the emergence of legal rights consciousness in China with a special focus on issues of the environment.