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Renard Sexton

Wilson China Fellow

Professional affiliation

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Emory University.

Wilson Center Projects

“Using Data to Decipher China’s South China Sea Strategy.”

Full Biography

Renard Sexton is a political scientist who studies conflict and development, especially in Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Latin America. He serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University. His current work focuses on aid and insurgency, natural resources, and international competition in the South China Sea. His scholarly work has been published in top political science journals, such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics. His policy work and commentary have been published by the Washington Post, New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, the Guardian, and Foreign Policy, as well as by the International Crisis Group and the UN. He completed his PhD in Politics at New York University, and did postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and the International Crisis Group. To see more of his research, please visit: