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Reny, Marie-Ève

Assistant Professor


  • Telephone 514-343-6111 #54795 Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ Ext. C-4043

Research expertise

I am a comparativist. My most recent work looks at the strategies authoritarian regimes employ to control dissent, especially among informal religious organizations. 

My book project, under contract at Oxford University Press, starts with an empirical question specific to China, that is why public security bureaus tolerate unregistered Protestant churches in Chinese cities despite the fact that they are illegal from the standpoint of the central government. Based on fieldwork conducted in China in 2009-2010 and in 2012, I maintain that toleration is part of a broader strategy to contain underground Protestantism. The book project defines containment, explains how it translates in practice, and specifies the circumstances in which public security authorities are likely to resort to it to prevent unregistered churches from mobilizing against the regime. The book also addresses the impact containment has on authoritarian resilience in China, and shows that the strategy has also been employed by other autocracies. Based on field research conducted in Jordan in 2013, I maintain that the monarchy used containment to control jihadi Salafists in a post-Zarqawi period. I also claim that the strategy was used by Anwar el-Sadat to control the Muslim Brotherhood in 1970s Egypt.


Reny, Marie-Eve. Informality among Catholics and Protestants in China. To be published in Teresa Wrignt (ed.), Handbook of Protest and Dissent in China, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Reny, Marie-Eve. 2018. Compliant Defiance: Informality and Survival among Protestant House Churches in China, Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 111, No. 27, p. 472-485.

Reny, Marie-Eve. 2016. Authoritarianism as a Research Constraint: Political Scientists in China, Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 97, No. 4, p. 909-922.

Reny, Marie-Eve. 2015. Public Security Bureaus' Containment Strategy toward Protestant House Churches, dans Jessica C. Teets et William Hurst (eds.), Local Governance Innovation in China: Experimentation, Diffusion, and Defiance, Routledge, p. 141-153.

Reny, Marie-Eve and William Hurst. 2013. Social Unrest: Conceptualizing and Categorizing Contentious Politics in China, dans Chris Ogden (ed.), Handbook of China’s Governance and Domestic Politics, London: Routledge. 

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