Bernice Xu joined the National Committee in 2020 as a program assistant. She provides support to various programs including the Public Intellectuals Program and Track II dialogues. Ms. Xu’s background and experience as a Chinese American has inspired her interest and desire to shape U.S. foreign policy toward China. Starting from a young age, she has spent summers traveling throughout China and being immersed in Chinese language and culture. This led her to develop a natural interest in world history, American politics, and international affairs, the latter of which she studied as her major in college. Her undergraduate research centered on surveying the implications of China’s political, economic, and military rise for U.S. foreign policy. She completed her thesis on China’s evolving role in the Middle East, specifically examining the Arab-Israeli conflict and BRI.
Ms. Xu graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University in 2019 with a B.A. in international affairs, where she concentrated in conflict resolution, East Asia, and the Middle East, and minored in statistics. She spent a year after graduation working for the director Paul Haenle at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. She has also worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Steve Cohen and in political consulting in Washington, D.C. She grew up in New York, San Diego, and Memphis. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active, cooking, and exploring new places.