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Wilson Center Announces Members of 2021 China Fellowship Class

Contact: Ryan McKenna
Phone: (202) 691-4217

March 4, 2021


WASHINGTON— The Wilson Center is pleased to announce the members of the 2021 Wilson China Fellowship class, a China-focused non-residential fellowship supporting the next generation of American scholarship on China. It is made possible by the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This class of 25 Wilson China Fellows includes scholars and practitioners working in a diverse range of policy-relevant issue areas vital to understanding the rise of China and its implications for the United States and the world. Their projects range from explorations of internal Chinese political dynamics to the state of US-China competition in Southeast Asia.

“We are thrilled at the quality and breadth of research this class of fellows will be pursuing. There is no doubt that China represents the most pressing foreign policy challenge for the United States, and this fellowship is helping build a robust understanding of the contours and implications of these emerging geopolitical dynamics,” said Abraham Denmark, Director of the Asia Program.


The 2021 class of Wilson China Fellows are listed below, along with the projects they will pursue while in residence at the Wilson Center.

Meir Alkon, Harvard Environmental Fellow, Department of Government and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Harvard University. “State Capitalism and China’s Overseas Energy Investments.”

Michael Beckley, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tufts University and Jeane Kirkpatrick Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute. “Red Flags: Assessing the Security Implications of a Chinese Economic Slowdown.”

David Bulman, Jill McGovern and Steven Muller Assistant Professor of China Studies and International Affairs, US Director of the Pacific Community Initiative, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. “Implications of China’s State Capitalist Welfare State for US-China Global Competition.”

Ling Chen, Assistant Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. “US-China ‘Tech Cold War’: The Counterproductive Weaponization of the Supply Chain?”

Darcie DeAngelo, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Binghamton University. “Minefield Migrations: Entangled Perceptions of China, the US, and Regulations in the Greater Mekong Subregion.”

Diana Fu, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, Non-Resident Fellow at Brookings Institution, and a Public Intellectual Fellow at the National Committee on US-China Relations. “Is Chinese Civil Society Dead? How the US Should Engage Chinese Change Agents.”

Dimitar Gueorguiev, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. “Hawks and Doves in US-China Relations.”

Tyler Harlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Studies, Loyola Marymount University. “Green Development or Greenwashing? China’s Cooperation-Infrastructure Nexus in Southeast Asia.”

Kristen Hopewell, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. “Impact of China’s Trade Policies on Global Development: Agriculture and Fisheries.”

Macabe Keliher, Assistant Professor, Clements Department of History, Southern Methodist University. “Political Economy and the Structures of Power in Post-War Hong Kong.”

Aynne Kokas, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Senior Faculty Fellow, University of Virginia and Miller Center for Public Affairs. “A Tense Triangle: Japanese Data Security Amidst the US-China Tech War.”

Juliet Lu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Cornell University. “Green Development or Greenwashing? China’s Cooperation-Infrastructure Nexus in Southeast Asia.”

Emily Matson, Adjunct Professor, College of William and Mary. “From Regional to National: Northeastern Scholars and the National Discourse on the War of Resistance Against Japan.”

David McCourt, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California-Davis. “American Hegemony and the Rise of China: Culture, Expertise, and US National Security Since 1972.”

Kacie Miura, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego. “Foreign Policy Contestation in the Xi Era.”

Deborah Seligsohn, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Villanova University. “The World Health Organization and Its Coordination Function in the US-China Health Relationship.”

Renard Sexton, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Emory University. “Using Data to Decipher China’s South China Sea Strategy.”

Tobias Smith, Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University. “Taking Authoritarian Justice Seriously: Hostage Diplomacy and Legal Reforms in 21st Century China.”

Pon Souvannaseng, Assistant Professor, Global Studies Department, Bentley University. “Evidence-Based Policymaking: US-China Geopolitics and The Fight for Narrative Control Along the Mekong: Climate Change, Mekong Water Politics and the Political Economy of Water-Energy Infrastructure Investments.”

Austin Strange, Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong and Fellow, Columbia-Harvard China and World Program. “Game Changers? China’s High-Profile International Development Projects.”

Joseph Torigian, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University. “The Party’s Interests Come First: The Life of Xi Zhongxun.”

Austin Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “Pro-Democracy or Anti-China? The Emergence and Transformation of #MilkTeaAlliance.”

Emily Wilcox, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, William & Mary. “Before Belt and Road: The Historical Development of Solidarity Politics in China’s Inter-Asia and Afro-Asia Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century.”

Audrye Wong, Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program and the Harvard Kennedy School. “Diaspora Communities, Informational Statecraft, and China’s Influence Activities in Asia.”

Jack Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kansas and Director of the Kansas University Trade War Lab. “Multinational Corporations and Economic Statecraft in US-China Competition.”

Our previous class of 2020 fellows held their Wilson China Conference in February 2021, and they will be publishing their papers in spring 2021.

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