The National Committee on United States-China Relations is pleased to have selected the sixth cohort of its Public Intellectuals Program (PIP), generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The twenty fellows comprise a wide range of research interests, geographic locations, and types of institutions. Read full announcement.

Jude Blanchette

Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Keisha A. Brown

Assistant Professor of History, Tennessee State University

Lenora Chu

Author and Journalist

Communist Party of China Elite Politics; Chinese Domestic Politics; Chinese Intellectual and Political History


Modern Chinese History; Race and Ethnic Studies; Postcolonial Theory; Transnational Studies

Education in China; Comparative Education; Culture and Cross-Cultural Identity; Public Education Funding/ Policy; Rural-Urban Migration in China; Chinese Emigration to the United States

Iza Ding

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Peilei Fan

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Planning, Design, and Construction, Michigan State University

Diana Fu

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

Environmental Policy; Organizational Behavior; Public Opinion; Law and Society

Innovation and Economic Development in China and Industrializing Countries; Urbanization and Environmental Changes in Asia; Globalization and Land Transitions in Southeast and East Asia; Coastal Sustainability; Public Health and Built Environment

Grassroots Politics; Labor; Civil Society; State-Society Relations; Citizenship

Arunabh Ghosh

Assistant Professor, History Department, Harvard University

Kelly Hammond

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Arkansas

Isaac B. Kardon

Assistant Professor, China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College

Modern Chinese History; Social, Economic, and Environmental History; History of Science and Statecraft; History of Statistics; Water and Dams

Islam and Politics in East Asia; Modern Chinese History; Borderlands History

Chinese Foreign Policy; Asian Maritime Security

Ya-Wen Lei

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Yingyi Ma

Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of Asian/Asian American Studies, Syracuse University

Tabitha Grace Mallory

Founder and CEO, China Ocean Institute

Law and Society; Public Sphere; Civil Society; Science and Technology; Inequality; Development

Education; Migration; Student Mobility; Globalization; Contemporary Chinese Society

Chinese Foreign Policy; Marine Environmental Policy; Fisheries Policy; Ocean Development and Strategy; Maritime Security; China-Africa Relations

Russell Menyhart

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Scott Moore

Director, Penn Global China Program, Office of the Provost, University of Pennsylvania

Jonas Nahm

Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

U.S.-China Relations; Rule of Law; Law and Civil Society; Urbanization and Community; Citizenship, Nationalism, and Identity; Cross-Cultural Communication and Subnational Exchanges

Environmental Politics and Policy in China; Water Resources; Climate Policy; Ocean Conservation; Central-Local Relations; Technological Competition

Clean Energy Transitions; Climate Policy; Central-Local Relations; Strategic Sources of State Capacity; Renewable Energy Policy

PU Xiaoyu

Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno

Meg Rithmire

F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor, Business, Government and International Economy, Harvard Business School

Gary J. Sampson

Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow, Int'l Security Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Chinese Foreign Policy; East Asian Politics; Emerging World Powers (BRICS); International Relations Theory

State-Business Relations in Contemporary China; Urbanization; Property Rights; Central-Local Relations in China

Post-Cold War Sino-North Korean Relations; Chinese Military Modernization; Nuclear Weapons Issues; Cross-Strait Relations; China's Foreign Relations and Foreign Policy; East Asia Security Issues

Christian Sorace

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Colorado College

Taisu Zhang

Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School


Communist Party Ideology and Discourse; Urbanization of the Grasslands; Political Theory; Aesthetics

Comparative Legal and Economic History; Contemporary Chinese Law and Politics; Private Law Theory; Property Law; Law and Culture



The sixth cohort joins an accomplished community of 100 PIP fellows who have formed a strong network of mutual support and academic collaboration.

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