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



2024

The Domestic Sources of the Deterioration in US-China Relations

DA Wei, Professor of International Relations, Director of the Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

Domestic conditions have changed in dramatic fashion in both the US and China over the past two decades, leading to major shifts in domestic outlook and strategies. This talk will examine these shifts, respectively,…



2024

Freedom Undone: The Assault on Liberal Values and Institutions in Hong Kong

Michael Davis, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

A lot has been written about the 2019 protests in Hong Kong and the aggressive police crackdown offered in response. Much less has been written about the more severe assault on liberal values and institutions that…



2024

The 20th Party Congress: Toward Personalistic Autarky?

Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

The Twentieth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, held in October 2022, will go down as the congress at which Xi Jinping secured a third term, perhaps opening the way for the restoration of life-long tenure.…



2024

China's State-Owned Enterprises: Leadership, Reform, and Internationalization

Wendy Leutert, Assistant Professor of International Studies, Indiana University
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

Why do Chinese state-owned enterprises routinely respond to central-level goals and policies in different ways, and why do their reform trajectories vary across firms and over time? This talk introduces a leadership…



2024

The Unmaking of the Chinese Working Class

Teemu Ruskola, Professor of Law, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St



2024

Political Centralization under Xi Jinping: Strategic Adaptation by Local Cadres

Jessica Teets, Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

Xi Jinping has been centralizing policymaking and supervision of local cadres beginning in 2016. Using survey data of 1,500 cadres in 28 provinces, we analyze the impact of these institutional changes on local cadres…



2024

High Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs Its Economy

Angela Zhang, Associate Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

Co-sponsored by Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, Penn Carey Law.

Professor Zhang discusses her new book…



2024

Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarian Rule in China

Jeremy Wallace, Professor of Government, Cornell University
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St



2024

Markets with Bureaucratic Characteristics: How Economic Bureaucrats Make Policies and Remake the Chinese State

Yingyao Wang, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

Professor Wang will discuss her forthcoming book titled Markets with Bureaucratic Characteristics: How Economic Bureaucrats Make Policies and Remake the Chinese State, by Columbia University Press. Her book…

Past Speaker Series



2024

Outsourcing Repression: Everyday State Power in Contemporary China

Lynette Ong, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

How do states coerce citizens into compliance while simultaneously minimizing backlash? In Outsourcing…



2024

China's Gambit: The Calculus of Coercion

Ketian Zhang, Assistant Professor of International Security, George Mason University
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

Professor Ketian Zhang discusses her new book, China's Gambit: The Calculus of Coercion (Cambridge University…



2024

Hostage Diplomacy and U.S.-China Relations: The Legacy of The Peking Express

James Zimmerman, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
- PCPSE Room 200, 133 S. 36th St

Co-organized by Center for East Asian Studies

We are pleased to announce a book talk by Beijing-based author and lawyer James Zimmerman about his book, The…



2023

‘Love Happens for a Reason in This World. So Does Hatred’: Affective Spaces as an Analytical Framework for the Study of Contemporary China

Shih-Diing Liu, Professor of Communication, University of Macau
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

In this presentation, I will elucidate how and why emotions and affect open up new avenues for understanding contemporary Chinese society, politics, and media. This discussion focuses on the analytical foundation for…



2023

Viewing History from the Inside: Key Episodes and Crises in US-China Relation, 1985-2020

John Culver, Former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, retired CIA analyst, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

John K. Culver is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) senior intelligence officer with thirty-five years of experience as a leading…



2023

The Art of Useless: Fashion, Media, and Consumer Culture in Contemporary China

Calvin Hui, Class of 1952 Distinguished Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, College of William & Mary
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

My book, titled The Art of Useless: Fashion, Media, and Consumer Culture in Contemporary China, argues that popular and media…



2023

National Committee on US-China Relations CHINA Town Hall 2023: Onsite Panel & National Live Webcast Watch Party

Nicholas Burns, U.S. Ambassador to China (webinar) & Naima Green-Riley, Junyi Lv, & Weirong Guo (onsite at Penn)
- 2nd Floor Forum, Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th St

Co-sponsored by Foreign Policy Research Institute

Current U.S. Ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns will be the featured speaker for CHINA Town Hall 2023, a national conversation on how the…



2023

Law & Political Economy in China's New Era

Tamar Groswald Ozery,  Assistant Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

The talk will discuss the role of formal law in governing markets during China's "Legalized Politicization Era" (2010–present), the current era of market development in China. In this present era, the authorities…



2023

Making China Policy in Washington

Ryan Hass, Senior Fellow, Director, China Center; Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, Brookings Institution
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

A new CSCC series presents speakers with experience in the processes that shape US policy on China who provide insider perspectives as they reflect on their work, their contribution to the understanding of…



2023

Rule by Campaign: Do Laws on the Books Matter in China?

John Wagner Givens, Associate Professor of International Studies, Spelman College
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

Does rule of law govern behavior in China or do campaigns, scandals, and social media hold more sway? Drawing from a unique dataset of 15 million observations, we delve into environmental issues, suing the…