China's Pragmatic Soft Power in Africa: The Case of Confucius Institutes

Maria Repnikova, Assistant Professor of Global Communication, Georgia State University

12:00pm - 1:00pm | CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

Maria Repnikova is the Director of the Center for Global Information Studies and an Assistant Professor in Global Communication at Georgia State University. She is a scholar of global communication, with a comparative focus on China and Russia. Her research examines the processes of political resistance and persuasion in illiberal political contexts, drawing on ethnographic research in the field. Dr. Repnikova holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She speaks fluent Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. Her book, "Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism," just released by Cambridge Press, examines participatory communications channels under an authoritarian regime through the relationship between China's critical journalists and the one-party state in the past decade. She can be reached at the contact information listed on this page, and is also on Twitter at @mariarepnikova.