In 2010 the China Research Center (CRC) was approved by Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) at Duke University as an interdisciplinary research center for China studies, that approval was dropped with Shi Tianjian’s death, but an in principle agreement was reached concerning the revised version, the Program for Research in China (PRC).  This proposal seeks to build on the work of Tianjian Shi, who submitted the center proposal and received its acceptance before he passed away.
The Program for Research on China is an interdisciplinary research program run by Duke faculty in the social sciences and humanities to conduct cutting-edge research concerning China and to conduct collaborative research and outreach with institutions across the world, China in particular.  It has as one of its core missions,to work closely with the new China initiative at the Carter Center and to foster research and learning opportunities across the campus and the larger academy with respect to China.