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


Application materials due by April 30, 2023

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. Successful applicants are fully funded for travel, lodging, and food.

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, long abstract of the research paper, and a letter of support from the dissertation committee chair. The abstract must state the research question, describe sources and methods, summarize main findings, and discuss contributions to our understanding of Chinese politics and important substantive and theoretical questions in politics more generally. The abstract must not exceed one single-spaced page, with one-inch margins, and 12-point font. Application materials are due by April 30 by email attachment to newfaceschina2023@gmail.com. Letter of support should be emailed separately to that address and should endorse the applicant’s decision to be on the job market in 2023, with the subject heading including the full name of the applicant.

Excepting conflicts of interest, the six co-organizers together constitute the selection committee. Applicants will be notified by the end of May of decision on selection.


Taylor Fravel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yue Hou, University of Pennsylvania

Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Melanie Manion, Duke University

Daniel Mattingly, Yale University

Yuhua Wang, Harvard University