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Benjamin Creutzfeldt


Professional affiliation

Visiting Professor, Sabana University (Bogota, Colombia) & Non-resident Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Wilson Center Projects

Foreign Policy and Public Goods: Latin America between China and the United States

Full Biography

A China scholar of German and British extraction, Creutzfeldt graduated with a BA in Chinese Studies from Durham University in England and earned his MA from SOAS, University of London, whereupon he joined Christie’s as an auctioneer and specialist for Chinese porcelain and works of art. He has studied and worked extensively in China over the past two decades, and has co-founded and managed multiple start-up companies. For over eight years, he was a university lecturer for China and East Asian Studies in Bogota, Colombia. He received his PhD in political studies in 2015 for research on China’s foreign policy towards Latin America, under the supervision of Qin Yaqing (China Foreign Affairs University) and Matt Ferchen (Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy). Prior to his appointment as a Wilson Fellow, he was Resident Postdoctoral Fellow for China-Latin America-U.S. Affairs at the Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

Major Publications

B. Creutzfeldt, 2017. "Latin American Views of Chinese and U.S. Policy." Chap. 4 In China, the United States, and the Future of Latin America, edited by David B.H. Denoon. U.S.-China Relations, 83-106. New York University Press.


B. Creutzfeldt, 2016. "Not All Plain Sailing: Opportunities and Pitfalls for Chinese Investment in Peru." Asian Perspective 40, no. 4: 603-26.


B. Creutzfeldt (ed.) 2012. China en América Latina: Reflexiones sobre las Relaciones Transpacíficas. Bogota: Universidad Externado.