As China has grown in power and stature as the second largest economy in the world, a dominant trading partner, and a world power, its interests have also grown global. Many issues of Chinese domestic politics are now also truly issues of global politics. In the politically charged atmosphere that now characterizes U.S.-China relations, the need for rigorous, objective, and engaged scholarship is more critical than ever.

This conference brings together more than 50 professors from nearly 40 institutions, across generations, and a broad spectrum of substantive expertise in China politics. It aims to forge a connection between scholars whose research focuses on domestic Chinese politics and those who take China’s global role as their point of departure. Such a dialogue occurs rarely, but negative and dangerous responses to China’s global role require the two communities to better understand strengths and weaknesses in collective knowledge. The conference strives to connect scholarly knowledge about Chinese politics with the public discourse and public policy, so as to develop, from an existing strong foundation of relevant scholarship, the appropriate expertise and capacity to bring evidence and perspective to bear on important questions about China and its role as a new global power.

The conference is a product of a 2016 meeting at Duke University of five scholars who continue their collaboration through to co-organization of this conference. It follows a 2017 workshop at Harvard University and a 2018 conference at Stanford University, each of which brought together some 50 scholars who actively conduct research on Chinese politics and train graduate students in political science.

Co-organized by: Mary Gallagher (University of Michigan), Melanie Manion (Duke University), Jean Oi (Stanford University), Elizabeth Perry (Harvard University), and Lily Tsai (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the sponsors below at Duke University who have made this conference possible.

Office of the Provost
Dean’s Office, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Asia Pacific Studies Institute
Center for International and Global Studies
Global Asia Initiative
Department of Political Science