Dan Murphy currently is responsible for the Public Intellectuals Program, which is designed to better connect American scholars of China with policy makers and the public. He also leads senior congressional staffers on study visits to China. Previously, he designed, funded, and directed the Committee's programming on environmental law and post-disaster reconstruction, in addition to directing the Land Use and Public Participation Program. Prior to joining the Committee, he helped launch the China Environment and Health Initiative at the Social Science Research Council.
Dan received a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, where he studied politics. He also holds an M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. in English and Chinese Language and Literature from Connecticut College. In 2001, he was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.