Speaker Series

Each year, the CSCC invites leading experts to Penn to present their research and share their knowledge about contemporary China. Typically scheduled for Wednesday afternoons 4:30-6 pm, speakers will deliver their remarks and then entertain questions from the audience. Attendance is open to the entire Penn community. Announcements about upcoming talks will be posted on the CSCC website and disseminated via the Center’s listserv. To be added to the listserv, please visit our signup page https://groups.sas.upenn.edu/mailman/listinfo/cscc-announce.

Upcoming Speaker Series



2020

The Law and Politics of Transnational War Reparations in Contemporary China

Timothy Webster, Assistant Professor of Law, Western New England University  
- Virtual talk via Zoom

Tim Webster writes about the intersections of International Law and Comparative Law, focusing on East Asia. His most recent work examines World War II reparations in China, Japan and Korea. He has also published on…



2020

TBA

China and International Relations Series
Fiona Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
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Co-sponsored with the Browne Center for International Politics.



2020

Public Assembly via Affective Technologies: Like Buttons, Sentiment Analysis, and the Transmission of Positive Energy

Angela Wu, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
- Virtual talk via Zoom

Much scholarship on political governance in contemporary China has focused on self and subjectivity. Under this framework, technologies of digital capture are examined as means of individual surveillance and…



2020

Social Protection under Authoritarianism: Health Politics and Policy in China

Xian Huang, Assistant of Political Science, Rutgers University
- Virtual talk via Zoom

In this book talk, Xian Huang will discuss her new book 



2020

TBA

China and International Relations Series
Naima Green-Riley, Ph.D. Candidate and Raymond Vernon Fellow, Department of Government, Harvard University
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Co-sponsored with the Browne Center for International Politics.



2020

Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation

Silvia Lindtner, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information 
- Virtual talk via Zoom

Professor Lindtner will discuss her new book on China's shifting place in the global political economy of technology production. Drawing on more than a decade of research in experimental work spaces and in key sites…



2020

TBA

China and International Relations Series
Tyler Jost, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brown University
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Co-sponsored with the Browne Center for International Politics.



2020

Translation and the Virus: COVID-19, Cyber Politics and Wuhan Diary

Michael Berry, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies, UCLA
- Virtual talk via Zoom

Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang began as a blog which ran for sixty days from January 25 through March 25, 2020, documenting the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. The blog quickly became an online phenomenon,…



2020

Local Citizenship and Economic Development in China

Samantha Vortherms, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine
- Virtual talk via Zoom



2021

TBA

China and International Relations Series
Ketian Zhang, Assistant Professor of International Security, George Mason University
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Co-sponsored with the Browne Center for International Politics.



2021

TBA

China and International Relations Series
Audrye Wong, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School and MIT’s Security Studies Program
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Co-sponsored with the Browne Center for International Politics.

Past Speaker Series



2019

China's Urban Champions: The Politics of Spatial Development

Kyle Jaros, Associate Professor of Political Economy, University of Oxford
- Room 101, Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th St.

The rise of major metropolises across China since the 1990s has been a double-edged sword: although big cities function as economic powerhouses, concentrated urban growth can worsen regional inequalities, governance…



2019

Disenfranchised: The Rise and Fall of Industrial Citizenship in China

Joel Andreas, Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
- Room 200, Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th St.

In this book talk, Professor Andreas recounts the tumultuous events that have shaped and reshaped authority relations in Chinese factories over the past seven decades. He introduces a general theoretical framework, …



2019

2019 CHINA Town Hall

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
- Room 101, Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th St.

Join communities across the United States in a national conversation on China. Featuring an interactive national webcast panel at 6pm moderated by George Stephanopoulos, joined by expert panelists …



2019

Asymmetrical Neighbors: Borderland State Building between China and Southeast Asia

Enze Han,  Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
- Room 101, Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th St.

Is the process of state building a unilateral, national venture, or is it something more collaborative, taking place in the interstices between adjoining countries? To answer this question, this book takes a…



2019

Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China's Technological Development

Judith and Marshall Meyer Lectures on China’s Economy
Douglas Fuller, Associate Professor of International Studies, City University of Hong Kong
- CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

China presents us with a conundrum. How has a developing country with a spectacularly inefficient financial system…



2019

U.S. China Trade Dispute: Politics, Not Policy

Penn Global China Policy Dialogues
Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council
- Room 250, Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics, 133 S 36th St

Co-sponsored by Penn Global, Penn Wharton China Center, and Center for East Asian Studies. 



2019

Why China Should Unsign the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Margaret Lewis, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University
- Room 111, Annenberg School, 3620 Walnut Street

Professor Margaret Lewis’s research focuses on law in China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice and human rights.

Professor Lewis has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University…



2019

Rural E-commerce and Peasant Entrepreneurship in China

Lin Zhang, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, University of New Hampshire
- CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

The phenomenal rise and rapid expansion of digital platforms following the 2008 economic crisis are reshaping the economy and reorganizing labor on a global scale. However, digital labor studies, in their emphasis on…



2019

US-China Relations: A New Era of Bipolarity?

Yan Xuetong, Professor of International Relations, Tsinghua University
- Rm. 250, Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th St.

While work in international relations has closely examined the decline of great powers, not much attention has been paid to the question of their rise. The upward trajectory of China is a particularly puzzling case.…



2019

China’s War on Poverty: Winning at What Cost?

Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia University
2nd Floor Forum, Perelman 250, 133 S. 36th St.

The Chinese government has set the ambitious goal of eradicating poverty by 2020. Will this goal be achieved, and at what cost? Drawing from her book,…