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Joshua Eisenman

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Dr. Joshua Eisenman (马佳士) is assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. Between 2003-2005 he served as a professional policy analyst on the Congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has also worked as fellow at the New America Foundation and assistant director of China studies at the Center for the National Interest (formally The Nixon Center).

Dr. Eisenman’s most recent book, “Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune” (Columbia University Press, 2018), applies economic and political theories to explain the political economy of rural China during the Mao era. Working with Eric Heginbotham, has he also co-edited “China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World” (Routledge, 2018), which analyses China’s strategies in various regions of the developing world and evaluates their effectiveness. Dr. Eisenman’s second book, “China and Africa: A Century of Engagement(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), co-authored with David H. Shinn, was named one of the top three books about Africa by Foreign Affairs. He is also co-editor of “China and the Developing World: Beijing’s Strategy for the 21st Century” (M.E. Sharpe, 2007). 

Dr. Eisenman work has appeared in numerous publications including Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street JournalForeign PolicyThe National InterestCurrent History, and Journal of Contemporary China. He has been a visiting faculty member at Fudan University (2017), Peking University (2016), and NYU-Shanghai (2011-12), and served as a policy analyst on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and as a fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and at the New America Foundation.

Dr. Eisenman holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in East Asian Studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.