Insight on China

June 01, 2018

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  • A Resource for Journalists

    China and the United States – the world’s two largest economies – are amid trade tensions, levying huge tariffs against one another as the speculation and fears for a trade war is escalating rapidly. Should an all-out trade war to materialize between these two nations, its ​consequences will be felt well beyond their national borders. Additionally, China was the world’s leading emitter in 2017 of heat-trapping gases by a wide margin. Its policies for limiting emissions will have a significant impact on the global climate for decades to come.

    This evolving directory, which will continue to be updated, features Columbia faculty members with subject matter expertise on China and the sino-US relations. They can help provide context and objective insight.

    The University’s wide-ranging academic resources on these topics include:

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    • Andrew Nathan China Expert

      Andrew J. Nathan
      Department of Political Science
      Contact: ajn1@columbia.edu

      Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science. Research Interests: Chinese politics and foreign policy; the comparative study of political participation and political culture; and human rights.

      Peter Hamilton China Expert

      Peter E. Hamilton
      Weatherhead East Asian Institute
      Contact: peh2103@columbia.edu

      Peter E. Hamilton, 2016 - 18 Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Scholar in the Making of the Modern Pacific World. Research interests: China and the World; transpacific networks of migration and business; Sino-US relations; new histories of East Asian capitalism.

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      Merit Janow
      School of International and Public Affairs
      Contact: mj60@columbia.edu

      Merit Janow, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs and Professor of Professional Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs, is an internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment. She has had a life-long involvement with Asia and is an expert in that region with extensive experience in academia, government, international organizations and business.

    • Merit Janow
      School of International and Public Affairs
      Contact: mj60@columbia.edu

      Merit Janow, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs and Professor of Professional Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs, is an internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment. She has had a life-long involvement with Asia and is an expert in that region with extensive experience in academia, government, international organizations and business.

      Shang-Jin Wei China Expert

      Shang-Jin Wei
      School of International and Public Affairs
      Contact: shangjin.wei@columbia.edu

      Shang-Jin Wei, N. T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy and Professor of Finance and Economics, is a noted scholar on international finance, trade, macroeconomics, and China. He has been a consultant to numerous government organizations, including the U.S. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, United Nations Economic Commission on Europe, and United Nations Development Program, and the Asian Development Bank.

      Dan Rosen China Expert

      Dan Rosen
      Weatherhead East Asian Institute
      Contact: dr2024@columbia.edu

      Dan Rosen, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, specializes in China's economic development, and writes and speaks extensively on U.S.-China relations. His work focuses on the economic development of Asia, particularly China. Other areas of research include energy, agriculture and commodities, trade and environment linkages, and economic transitions and competitiveness.

      Arthur R. Kroeber China Expert

      Arthur R. Kroeber
      School of International and Public Affairs
      Contact: ak3893@columbia.edu

      Arthur R. Kroeber, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, is founding partner and head of research at Gavekal Dragonomics, a China-focused economic research consultancy with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. He also edits the firm's flagship publication, China Economic Quarterly. Before founding Dragonomics in 2002, he worked for 15 years as a financial and economic journalist in China and other Asian countries. His book China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (2016).

    • Shang-Jin Wei China Expert

      Shang-Jin Wei
      School of International and Public Affairs
      Contact: shangjin.wei@columbia.edu

      Shang-Jin Wei, N. T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy and Professor of Finance and Economics, is a noted scholar on international finance, trade, macroeconomics, and China. He has been a consultant to numerous government organizations, including the U.S. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, United Nations Economic Commission on Europe, and United Nations Development Program, and the Asian Development Bank.

      Peter Hamilton China Expert

      Peter E. Hamilton
      Weatherhead East Asian Institute
      Contact: peh2103@columbia.edu

      Peter E. Hamilton, 2016 - 18 Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Scholar in the Making of the Modern Pacific World. Research interests: China and the World; transpacific networks of migration and business; Sino-US relations; new histories of East Asian capitalism.

    • Ah-Hyung Alissa Park

      Ah-Hyung Alissa Park
      Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
      Contact: ap2622@columbia.edu

      Ah-Hyung Alissa Park is the Lenfest Chair in applied climate science and the director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy. Her specialization is in chemical, earth and environmental engineering. She has a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the Ohio State University. In 2010, Park won the James Lee Young Investigator Award and an NSF Career Award the previous year. Currently, Park is leading a worldwide multidisciplinary research network devoted to carbon capture, utilization and storage funded by the NSF.

      David Sandalow

      David Sandalow
      Center on Global Energy Policy
      Contact: dsandalow@columbia.edu

      David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He launched and directs the Center’s U.S.-China Program and has written, most recently, on topics including energy diplomacy and energy finance.

      Dan Rosen China Expert

      Dan Rosen
      Weatherhead East Asian Institute
      Contact: dr2024@columbia.edu

      Dan Rosen, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, specializes in China's economic development, and writes and speaks extensively on U.S.-China relations. His work focuses on the economic development of Asia, particularly China. Other areas of research include energy, agriculture and commodities, trade and environment linkages, and economic transitions and competitiveness.

    • Qin Gao Expert

      Qin Gao
      China Center for Social Policy
      Contact: qin.gao@columbia.edu

      Qin Gao is Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at Columbia University School of Social Work and Director of Columbia University’s China Center for Social Policy. Dr. Gao’s research focuses on the Chinese welfare state in transition; welfare, work, and poverty in China; social protection for rural-to-urban migrants in China and Asian American immigrants; and cross-national comparative social policies and programs. Dr. Gao's work has been supported by multiple national and international funding sources such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Social Science Fund of China, UNICEF, and the World Bank.

      Mae Ngai Expert

      Mae Ngai
      Department of History
      Contact: mn53@columbia.edu

      Mae Ngai (GSAS’98) is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and a professor of history. Author of the award-winning book Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America, Ngai is an authority on immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and U.S. legal and political history. She is featured in a new documentary for PBS's American Experience series, The Chinese Exclusion Act by filmmaker Ric Burns (CC’78 and GSAS’83).

      Feng Li China Expert

      Feng Li
      Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
      Contact: fl123@columbia.edu

      Li is both a historian of Early China specializing in bronze inscriptions of the Shang-Zhou period, and an active field archaeologist. His past work has addressed the complex relationship between geography and political processes in the collapse of a prominent Bronze-Age state, and the performance of the earliest bureaucracy in China and the nature of the early Chinese state. His recent publications include Writing and Literacy in Early China (co-edited with David Branner; UW Press, forthcoming) and Early China: A Social and Cultural History (Cambridge, 2013).

    • Wei Gu Expert

      Wei Gu
      Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
      Contact: wg8@cumc.columbia.edu

      Dr. Gu is recognized internationally for the pioneering contributions to the regulation of p53-mediated tumor suppressor function. The research of his laboratory has also made significant impacts in establishing two major basic concepts in biochemistry. The first one is that reversal acetylation of non-histone proteins is important for controlling its activities . The second concept is that ubiquitination is reversible and that deubiquitination is a critical step for modulating protein stability .

      Xi Chen Expert

      Xi Chen
      Columbia Engineering
      Contact: xichen@columbia.edu

      Xi Chen uses multiscale theoretical, experimental, and numerical approaches to investigate various research frontiers in materials and mechanics addressing challenges in energy and environment, nanomechanics, and mechanobiology. Chen pioneered nanofluidic energy conversion and, based on the ultra-large surface area between nanoporous materials and functional liquids, he developed affordable material systems that can convert among electrical, thermal and mechanical energies with high efficiency. He elaborated the mechanism of a series of counterintuitive reversible chemical reactions and developed several moisture-swing absorbents for capturing carbon dioxide from ambient air with very low energy and material cost. Using simple mechanics theories, he pioneered the study of morphogenesis of various fruits, vegetables, animals, tissues, and cells, and further implemented into stress engineering of 3D self-assembly, as well as proposed innovative locomotion modes of soft robots.

      Ah-Hyung Alissa Park

      Ah-Hyung Alissa Park
      Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
      Contact: ap2622@columbia.edu

      Ah-Hyung Alissa Park is the Lenfest Chair in applied climate science and the director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy. Her specialization is in chemical, earth and environmental engineering. She has a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the Ohio State University. In 2010, Park won the James Lee Young Investigator Award and an NSF Career Award the previous year. Currently, Park is leading a worldwide multidisciplinary research network devoted to carbon capture, utilization and storage funded by the NSF.