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Sheena Chestnut Greitens

Wilson China Fellow

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin.

Full Biography

Sheena Chestnut Greitens is an associate professor at the LBJ school at the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly, she was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri.  She is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, an adjunct fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, and a member of the Digital Freedom Forum at the Center for a New American Security. Greitens' work on China and North Korea has appeared in academic journals and edited volumes in English, Chinese, and Korean, and in major media outlets, and she has previously testified to Congress on security issues in the Indo-Pacific. Her first book, Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence (Cambridge, 2016) received the 2017 Best Book Award from both the International Studies Association and the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association. She is currently working on two main research projects: one on China's internal security policies and their implications for China in the world, and another on authoritarian diasporas, particularly focused on North Korea. Her project at the Wilson Center will focus on assessing the global impact of China's surveillance technology. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University; an M.Phil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar; and a bachelor's from Stanford University.