I am an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. I am the first, and still only, full-time, tenure-track foreign professor in Tsinghua’s IR Department. At Tsinghua, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on international and Chinese political economy as well as on China–Latin America relations. I advise Chinese and international students in the Bachelor’s and Master’s IR programs at Tsinghua. I am also a Ph.D. advisor for Chinese students in Tsinghua’s new Developing Country Studies Program (发展中国家研究项目).
In addition to my work at Tsinghua University, I serve as a resident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where I run the China and the Developing World Program. My research and writing focus on the “China Model” of development, China’s economic and political relations with resource-rich developing countries, and the governance of China’s urban informal economy. As a part of my Carnegie program I have given presentations on the China Model as well as on China’s political and economic relations with Latin America, with a recent focus on China-Venezuela relations.
I received my Bachelor’s from the University of Puget Sound (1993), a Master’s from Johns Hopkins SAIS (1997) and a PhD from Cornell University (2008).