New Faces in Chinese Politics Conference

Aug 9, 2023 - Aug 10, 2023 at 9:00am - 4:00pm | CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

Scholars in Chinese politics at six universities have formed a Consortium on New Faces in Chinese Politics and rotated organizing New Faces in Chinese Politics conferences at their home institutions, with the first conference at Duke University in 2021 and the second at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022. The goal of these conferences is to encourage young scholars conducting cutting-edge research by offering them an opportunity to workshop their research and job talk on Chinese politics with peers, conference co-organizers, and invited senior scholars.

We invite advanced PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who study Chinese domestic and international politics to apply to present their job market paper, based on original, rigorous research, employing quantitative or qualitative methods or both, at the third New Faces in Chinese Politics Conference at Penn on August 9-10, 2023. This year’s in-person conference is open exclusively to job market candidates for the 2023 job market. 

Conference Agenda

August 9th, 2023

8:00-9:00 Elevator Introduction Breakfast (a.k.a. Melanie’s breakfast) 

9:00-9:10 Welcome Remark by Jacques deLisle

9:15-10:15 Rachel Hulvey (Penn), Cyber Sovereignty: Theorizing Attraction to China's Vision of Order 

Moderator: Taylor Fravel (MIT); Faculty Feedback: Reed Lei (UW-Madison)

10:25-11:25 Hao Zhang (MIT), China's Political Strategy to Pursue Dominance in Global Value Chains: Evidence from Preferential Trade Agreement 

Moderator: Fiona Cunningham (Penn); Faculty Feedback: Hanming Fang (Penn Economics)

11:35-12:35 Keyi Tang (Boston U), Democracy, Distributive Politics, and Development Finance: Evidence from Africa 

Moderator: Yuhua Wang (Harvard); Faculty Feedback: Guy Grossman (Penn)

12:45-1:45 Style Points #1 (over lunch): Group discussion and suggestion on presentation style. 

1:45-2:45 Kristine Li (Harvard), Deliberation and Market Development: The Rise of Competing Sub-national Political Economies during the Socialist Planned Era of China 

Moderator: Yue Hou (Penn); Faculty Feedback: Jacques deLisle (Penn Law)

2:55-3:55 Shiqi Ma (Cornell), Preemptive Coercion: A Political Explanation for Informal Settlement Demolition under Authoritarianism 

Moderator: Melanie Manion (Duke); Faculty Feedback: Jane Esberg (Penn)

4:00-5:00 Eddie Yang (UCSD), The Digital Dictator's Dilemma

Moderator: Xu Xu (Princeton); Faculty Feedback: Marc Meredith (Penn)

5:10-5:30 Style Points #2

6:30 Dinner

August 10th, 2023

8:30-9:30 Breakfast with faculty discussant(s)

9:45-10:45 Zhaowen Guo (UW-Seattle), Complements or Substitutes? How Digital and Physical Surveillance Impact Political Control? 

Moderator: Dan Mattingly (Yale); Faculty Feedback: Melissa Lee (Penn)

10:55-11:55 Jongyoon Baik (Penn), Putting Litigants on Notice: How China Manages Public Dissent through Media Moderator: Reed Lei (Madison); Faculty Feedback: Rory Truex (Princeton)

11:55-12:10 Style Points #3

12:10-1:30 Faculty Panel over Lunch Navigate the job market – Ask us anything!

1:30-2:30 Additional Individual meeting(s) with faculty discussants

Faculty Feedback Providers:

Fiona Cunningham (Penn Political Science)

Jacques deLisle (Penn Law)

Jane Esberg (Penn Political Science)

Hanming Fang (Penn Economics)

Guy Grossman (Penn Political Science) 

Melissa Lee (Penn Political Science)

Marc Meredith (Penn Political Science)

Rory Truex (Princeton Politics)

Xu Xu (Princeton Politics)