Eunhou Esther Song is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University in the Department of Political Science with a regional focus on China and East Asia. Her dissertation addresses questions regarding the proliferation of non-governmental organizations in China. Drawing from fieldwork, survey, text analyses, and government statistical data, her work argues that China’s approach to NGOs should be understood in the context of devolution and adaptiveness – the party-state's approach has evolved from using NGOs to downsize the bureaucracy to expand and outsource service provision at the grassroots with the goal of maintaining social stability. This shift has led to an incremental opening of institutional space for NGOs under state guidance. Part of her work examines the effect of outsourced services provided by NGOs on citizens perceptions towards the state using survey data collected in the field. Her project was funded by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. During 2017-8 period, she was a pre-doctoral fellow at the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Fudan University.
Her other works focus on political violence and authoritarian institutions with regional focus on the two Koreas.
She holds M.A. from Stanford University, and B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Korea University.