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



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

Law & Political Economy in China's New Era

Tamar Groswald,  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

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

Current U.S. Ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns will be the featured speaker for CHINA Town Hall 2023, a national conversation on how the U.S.-China relationship affects our communities. From trade…



2023

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.…



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

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

‘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…



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



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…



2023

Global Development: A Useful Notion?

Zha Daojiong, Professor of International Studies, Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, Peking University
- CSCC Conference Room, PCPSE Room 418, 133 S. 36th St

“Development” is traditionally a contested notion in studies and practices of international political-economic exchange. What sense can be made of proposition from China, including its “Global Development Initiative…



2023

Crossing the Strait? PLA Modernization and Taiwan

Phillip Saunders, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
- CSCC Conference Room, 133 S. 36th St, Room 418

Drawing upon the new book Crossing the Strait: China’s Military Prepares for War with Taiwan, Dr. Saunders will discuss China’s…



2023

The Informal Rules of the Chinese Communist Party

Ewan Smith, Associate Professor of Public Law, University College London; Hauser Global Fellow, New York University Law School
- CSCC Conference Room, 133 S. 36th St, Room 418

Professor Smith discusses his recent China Quarterly article "On the …



2023

The Regulation of Prostitution in China: Law in the Everyday Lives of Sex Workers, Police Officers, and Public Health Officials

Margaret Boittin, Assistant Professor of Law, York University
- CSCC Conference Room, 133 S. 36th St, Room 418

Professor Boittin discusses her book, The Regulation of Prostitution in China: Law in the Everyday Lives of Sex Workers, Police Officers, and Public Health Officials, forthcoming with Cambridge University…



2023

Xi Jinping’s Power Concentration and Implications for Chinese Foreign Policy

Suisheng Zhao, Professor of International Studies, University of Denver
- CSCC Conference Room, 133 S. 36th St, Room 418

Xi further consolidated his power and becomes an all-powerful empire at the CCP 20th National Congress. How has the lineup changed the CCP elite politics? How has Xi reached this point of power? What are the foreign…



2023

China in Xi’s Third Term: Personnel, Priorities, and Policy

Cheng Li, Director and Senior Fellow, The John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
- CSCC Conference Room, 133 S. 36th St, Room 418

Cheng Li is the director of the John L. Thornton China Center and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is also a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.…



2023

Is there an European way when dealing with China?

Philippe Le Corre, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
- CSCC Conference Room, Room 418, 133 S. 36th St.

While US-China relations have reached yet another low point in 2023 thus far, Chinese leaders have been trying to engage with the EU. Still, war in Ukraine is making a rapprochement very unlikely within the…



2023

China's Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order

Isaac Kardon, Senior Fellow for China Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- CSCC Conference Room, Room 418, 133 S. 36th St.

In his new book China’s Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order, Isaac Kardon examines China’s laws and policies to…



2023

Due Diligence and Corporate Transparency in China

David Barboza, Co-founder, The Wire Digital Inc. 
- CSCC Conference Room, 133 S. 36th St, Room 418

David Barboza is the co-founder of The Wire Digital Inc., a New York-based news and data platform focused on China and global supply chains. The startup consists of a digital weekly news magazine, called The Wire,…