With Fan Wen, a leader at China’s National School of Administration, he coedited A Bridge Too Far? Commonalities and Differences between China and the U.S. (Rowman & Littlefield). He is also the author of Institutional Realism (Yale), Choice-Free Rationality (Michigan), and numerous articles in leading scholarly journals. He directs the Maymester China Study Abroad Program, which he created in 2005. He has also lectured extensively at Chinese universities. From 2002-2008 Grafstein served as Head of the School’s Department of Political Science. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and has served on the boards of the Journal of Politics and Social Science Quarterly. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Grafstein’s research focuses on domestic and comparative political economy, including economic influences on voting behavior, the politics of social insurance programs like Social Security, the political consequences of financial risk, and more recently political economic models of political extremism and the politics of corruption.