NEW YORK CITY, July 13, 2021 – The National Committee on United States-China Relations is pleased to announce the seventh round of fellows in its Public Intellectuals Program (PIP), generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The new fellows comprise a wide range of research interests, geographic locations, and types of institutions.

Launched in 2005, PIP identifies outstanding members of the next generation of American China specialists – in the academic, professional, or policymaking spheres – who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia or their professions into areas relevant to foreign policy and public education.

The two-year program is designed to enrich the twenty-one new fellows’ understanding of policymaking processes in both the United States and China; help them establish useful relationships both with their academic colleagues and with policy practitioners; encourage them to move beyond the confines of their own disciplines; and nurture their ability to engage with the public at a national, regional, and local level. PIP is implemented through a series of activities. These include workshops in Washington, D.C., and the West Coast; an international study tour; opportunities to participate in National Committee delegations as scholar-escorts; and public education initiatives.

PIP is an enrichment opportunity intended to complement the primary academic or professional positions held by the fellows. The program offers unique opportunities for professional development, mentoring by senior scholars, networking, and exposure. Fellows gain access to senior policymakers and experts in both the United States and China, and to individuals and fields they are not typically be exposed to, such as the business, arts, health, and civil society sectors in China, as well as to the media in both countries. Fellows have access to media coaches to help edit and place op-eds and develop a social media presence.

The seventh cohort joins an accomplished community of PIP fellows from cohorts one through six, who have formed a strong network of mutual support and academic collaboration.

Public Intellectuals Program VII Fellows (2021-2023):
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Lina BenabdallahAssistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University
Nicholas BorstVice President and Director of China Research, Seafarer Capital Partners
David BulmanMcGovern-Muller Assistant Professor of China Studies and International Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Dan ChenAssistant Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond
Spencer CohenPrincipal, High Peak Strategy LLC
Abigail CoplinAssistant Professor of Sociology and Science, Technology and Society, Vassar College
Michael DavidsonAssistant Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego
Naima Green-RileyPh.D. Candidate and Raymond Vernon Fellow, Government Department, Harvard University
Dimitar GueorguievAssociate Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University
Kyle JarosAssociate Professor of Global Affairs, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Jason M. KellyAssistant Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, U.S. Naval War College
JD KristensonCommander, U.S. Navy
Wendy LeutertAssistant Professor and GLP-Ming Z. Mei Chair of Chinese Economics and Trade, East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University
Silvia LindtnerAssociate Professor, School of Information, and Associate Director, Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing, University of Michigan
Daniel MattinglyAssistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Sara NewlandAssistant Professor of Government, Smith College
Xuefei RenAssociate Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University
Suzanne E. ScogginsAssistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Asian Studies, Clark University
Gina A. TamAssistant Professor of History, Trinity University
Yeling TanAssistant Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon
Emily WilcoxAssociate Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, William & Mary

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading American nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and Greater China. Since 1966, the National Committee has focused its exchange, educational, and policy programs on politics and security, governance and civil society, economics and finance, education, and transnational issues such as energy and the environment, addressing these issues with respect to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The Committee’s membership includes more than 900 prominent Americans from all parts of the country, and 80 corporations and professional firms. They represent many viewpoints, but share the belief that productive U.S.-China relations require ongoing public education, face-to-face contact, and the forthright exchange of ideas.

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