Mark Akpaninyie

Mark Akpaninyie is a volunteer researcher with The China Program at The Carter Center. Previously, he spent three years as a Fellow with Teach For China and as a lecturer at Baoshan University in Yunnan Province. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.  He can be reached at

Ilan Alon

Ilan Alon holds the Cornell Distinguished Chair of International Business, and is the Executive Director of the China Center, at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

Renato Ferreira Leitao Azevedo

Renato Ferreira Leitão Azevedo, MSc. is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), IL 61820, U.S.A. and a Research Fellow at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, email:

Shuming Bao

Shuming Bao, Ph.D. is the Director of the China Data Center at the University of Michigan.

Justin Baskerville

Gary K. Bertsch

Gary Bertsch is Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Learn more at the CITS website (

Sarah Bexell

Ms. Bexell is a Field Conservation and Education Specialist at Zoo Atlanta. She can be reached at 404-624-5904 or

David Blair

David Blair is a Professor of Economics at the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Washington, DC. In 2013, he is on sabbatical and is scholar-in-residence at CITIC Securities in Beijing. Any views expressed in this paper are his own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Citic Securities, National Defense University, or the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mary Brown Bullock

Dr. Mary Brown Bullock is president emerita of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and Founding Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. She serves on the advisory board of the China Research Center.

Wei Cai

Wei Cai is currently seeking an MBA degree at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Cong Cao

Cong Cao is a Senior Researcher at the Levin Graduate Institute at the State University of New York

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Michael Cerna

Michael Cerna is a graduate student in International Policy Management at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.

Qiulin Chen

Qiulin CHEN is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Institute of Population and Labor Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China (

Ye-Sho Chen

Dr. Ye-Sho Chen is Director of Emerging Markets Initiative

Zhuo (Adam) Chen

Dr. Zhuo (Adam) Chen is a health economist with an expertise in China’s agriculture, labor and health policies. He earned his B.S. and M.Mgt. in Management Science from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his Ph.D. in Economics and M.S. in Statistics from the Iowa State University. His research on China’s agricultural efficiency and labor markets, as well as health inequality and social determinants of health in China, has appeared in China Economic Review, Papers in Regional Science, Social Science & Medicine, Contemporary Economic Policy, and The Chinese Economy. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chinese Economists Society for two terms (2007-2008 and 2012-2013). He has chaired the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS) Planning Committee since 2009. In that capacity, he edits CHPAMS’s online journal, China Health Review, and has been promoting health policy and systems sciences with support from the China Medical Board over the past four years.

Rosemary T. Cunningham

Rosemary Cunningham is Hal & Julia T. Smith Professor of Free Enterprise at Agnes Scott College, in Decatur, Georgia.

Robert L DeHaan

Robert L. DeHaan is C.H. Candler Professor of Cell Biology and Senior Science Advisor, Division of Educational Studies, Emory University and Director of Education Research, India, China, America Institute. Dr. DeHaan can be reached at

Rebecca Dong

MN. Rebecca Dong has worked with media companies in China since 2002, including National Geographic, and is based in Beijing.

Guanming Fang

Guanming Fang is a Partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Atlanta, Georgia.

Reiko Feaver

Reiko Feaver is an attorney working in China. She can be reached at

Dr. Juan Feng

Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Jing Betty Feng

Jing Betty Feng is finishing her Ph.D. in international business at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. She can be reached at

Krista A. Forsgren

Krista Forsgren now works through her own non-profit organization - Windows on Asia ( She has worked with approximately fifteen schools in Georgia, and many more nationwide, to plan for, implement, and foster Chinese language and culture programs.

Paul Foster

Paul Foster is Associate Professor of Chinese at Georgia Tech. His recent book is Ah Q Archaeology: Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q Progeny and the National Character Discourse in Twentieth Century China (Lexington Press, 2006).

William Abbott Foster

William Foster, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate with the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

May Hongmei Gao

Dr. May H. Gao is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Kennesaw State University, and an associate of the China Research Center.

John Garver

John Garver is Professor of International Affairs in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. He can be reached at

John Givens

John Wagner Givens, Ph.D. is assistant professor of political science and international relations at Kennesaw State University, and an associate of the China Research Center.

Dr. Jonathan Goldstein

*Dr. Jonathan Goldstein is Professor of History at the State University of West Georgia, was one of the Western scholars who delivered papers at the August 29-September 2 “International Seminar on the History and Culture of the Harbin Jews,” held in Harbin, China.

Mary Lewis Grow

Mary Lewis Grow has been visiting China for extended stays since 1990. She runs a non-profit in Northfield

Baogang Guo

Dr. Baogang Guo is a professor of political science at Dalton State College and an associate of the China Research Center.

Siqi Han

Siqi Han recently graduated from Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and is currently a research assistant at the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Linghui Han

Linghui Han is a researcher at the Research Institute in the Ministry of Finance, Beijing (

H. Stephen Harris

Mr. Harris is a partner in Alston & Bird LLP and Chair of its Antitrust Practice Group. He has participated by invitation in several conferences hosted by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Commerce in China regarding previous drafts of the Anti-Monopoly Law. He also serves as the International Officer of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law and the Section’s International Task Force, and has chaired or co-chaired working groups that prepared Comments of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and Section of International Law regarding drafts of the Anti-Monopoly Law, and of the China Working Group of the Antitrust Committee of the International Bar Association that also submitted comments on drafts of the law.

Stephen Herschler

Dr. Stephen B. Herschler is a professor of Politics at Oglethorpe University, and an associate of the China Research Center.

Mark Hutcheson

Mark Hutcheson is Executive Director, India, China, America Institute.

John Israel

John Israel is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia.

C. Donald Johnson

C. Donald Johnson is Director Emeritus, Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law; former U.S. Ambassador in Office of U.S. Trade Representative; former Member U.S. Congress; and author of The Wealth of a Nation: A History of Trade Politics in America (Oxford University Press, May 2018), from which this essay is partially derived. The author has written numerous academic and Op-ed articles on the subject of international trade over the years, including most recently, "A Return to Bilateral Agreements: An End to the Nondiscriminatory Multilateral Trading System?", 46 GA Journal of International and Comparative Law 691 (2018). See also for recent op-ed commentary.

Ambassador RS Kalha

Ambassador RS Kalha is a former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India. He was also a Member of India’s National Human Rights Commission, 2003-08. Ranjit Singh Kalha led the Indian side of the India-China boundary sub-group negotiations from 1985 to 1988 and handled China affairs in India's Ministry of External Affairs for over 12 years. He served as India's ambassador to Indonesia 1988-1992 and Iraq 1993-1994.

Deborah Kowal

Deborah Kowal is a medical writer and editor based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Shelly Lakly

Dr. Lakly is the Vice President of Education and Conservation for Zoo Atlanta. She cab be reached at 404-624-5890 or

Lee Taylor Buckley

Lee Taylor Buckley is studying at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Haizheng Li

Hong Li

Hong Li teaches Chinese language and culture at Emory University in the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and is an associate of the China Research Center.

Chien-Pin Li

* Dr. Li is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University

Xiaoliang Li

Hongmei Li

Dr. Hongmei Li (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is a tenured associate professor and the coordinator of Strategic Communication at Miami University of Ohio. Her research interests include advertising and consumer culture, new technologies, Chinese media and society, nation branding and public diplomacy, global communication, gender and sexuality, and corporate social responsibility. She is the author of Advertising and Consumer Culture in China and editor of The Middle Class Phenomenon in Emerging Markets: Consumers, Lifestyles and Societies.

Leigh Anne Liu

Leigh Anne Liu is an assistant professor of international business at Georgia State University.

Yawei Liu

Yawei Liu is Director of The China Program at The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

Xuepeng Liu

Dr. Xuepeng Liu is a professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University and an associate of the China Research Center.

Yong Lu

Yong Lu is founder and CEO of Evergreen Asia Advisors, LLC. She is also the New York Representative and Research Fellow for the Beijing-based think tank, Center for China and Globalization (CCG). She is the author of two books about philanthropy: The Third Force (2011) and Fundraising for a Cause (2014), both published by the Social Sciences Academic Press in Beijing.

Linlin Victoria Lu

Linlin Victoria Lu is the Campus College Chair for the University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus.

Feijun Luo

Feijun Luo is a health economist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Andrew MacDonald

Andrew W. MacDonald, Ph.D. is assistant professor of political science at Duke Kunshan University.

KuoRay Mao

KuoRay Mao is a graduate student at the University of Kansas

Patrick McCarthy

Dennis C. McCornac

Dennis McCornac is a professor in the Sellinger School of Business, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. He can be reached at

Neil B. McGahee

Mr. Neil B. McGahee is Associate Editor of the Tech Topics.

Nancy Medcalf

Nancy Jennings Medcalf is a student in the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences studying for a B.I.S. in International Studies with plans to earn her Masters in International Business. She can be reached by email at

Kyle Miliken

Kyle Milliken is a Project Manager at ENERCON Services, a Tulsa, Oklahoma based, employee owned service company that focuses on engineering, design and project management in the nuclear power industry. Learn more at the ENERCON ( website.

Daniel S. Mojahedi

Daniel Mojahedi graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and lived in Taiwan several years. He is currently working in Atlanta and can be contacted at

Michael Murphree

Michael Murphree is completing his Ph.D. in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Murthy Nyayapati

Former Director and co-organizer of GMIC (one of the largest mobile internet conference) in China and Silicon Valley

Parama Sinha Palit

Dr. Parama Sinha Palit is a Research Associate at the China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) Global, a UK-based Interdisciplinary Academic Society. The views expressed are personal. She can be reached at

Amitendu Palit

Dr Amitendu Palit is Senior Research Fellow and Head (Partnership & Programme) at the Institute of South Asian Studies in the National University of Singapore. His forthcoming book is on ‘The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), China and India: Economic and Political Implications’. He can be reached at Usual disclaimers apply.

Clifton W. Pannell

Dr. Clifton W. Pannell is emeritus professor of geography at the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia and an associate of the China Research Center. His research and publications have focused on the economic and urban geography of China and East Asia. He has taught at the University of Hong Kong during which he did field work in Macau and Hong Kong.

Katherine Peavy

Currently based in Atlanta, Katherine Peavy spent 15 years in China working in the risk management field on hundreds of due diligence cases and fraud investigations. She is a founding partner of the consulting firm Cross Pacific Partner (

Valerie Pepper

Valerie Pepper has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Indiana University. She has worked in marketing and sales management for both Chinese and U.S. companies in China and Taiwan. She will be attending the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University this fall to pursue a Master's degree in Public Policy. Her thesis will focus on the recent emergence of China-based social enterprises.

Ira Phillips

Ira Phillips was formally the Commissioner of Labor for Oklahoma with responsibility for enforcement of labor laws. He is also Chairman and CEO of Twin Gates Trading and is currently based in Shanghai. He is in the process of writing a book on doing business in China based on his experience and observations. You can contact him at

Kay Kei Ho Pih

Kay Kei Ho Pih, Ph.D. teaches sociology at California State University-Northridge

Swathy Prithivi

Swathy Prithivi is a recent graduate in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Li Qi

Li Qi is an associate professor of economics at Agnes Scott College. She joined the faculty after completing a Freeman Foundation postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on China’s economy, as well as behavioral and experimental economics and finance.

Thomas F. Remington

Thomas F. Remington is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

David Risman

David Risman is an international tax professional with a JD from Georgia State College of Law.

Eri Saikawa

Dr. Eri Saikawa is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and is an associate of the China Research Center.

James Schiffman

Dr. Schiffman is an assistant professor teaching Mass Communication at Georgia College & State University. He began teaching after a long career in journalism, which included stints in Beijing and Seoul as Bureau Chief for The Asian Wall Street Journal. He earned a Ph.D. in Communication at Georgia State University in 2012. His dissertation critically compared narratives about China, Chinese history, and Chinese culture that emerged from the CCTV and NBC broadcasts of the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dr. Schiffman is Editor of China Currents.

Qin Shao

Qin Shao is Professor of History at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey.

Yanping Shi

Yanping Shi is Professor of Finance and Economics at the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing. Professor Shi was a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. for the 2007-08 academic year.

Bradford Sill

Bradford Sill is a student of economics at Georgia State University

Denis Fred Simon

Denis Fred Simon is Professor at the School of International Affairs at Penn State

Vijaya Subrahmanyam

Vijaya Subrahmanyam, Ph.D., is professor of finance at the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University, Atlanta, GA.

T. G. Suresh

T. G. Suresh is Assistant Professor at The Centre for Policy Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Richard P. Suttmeier

Richard P. Suttmeier is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon.

Dr. Kuang Tang

Dr. Kuang Tang, Associate Professor, Renmin University, Beijing. Dr. Tang can be reached at

Chuanhao Tian

Chuanhao Tian is Associate Professor in the College of Public Administration at Zhejiang University, China.

Sam Trachtman

Sam Trachtman is majoring in economics at Pomona College and served as an intern at the U.S. Treasury during the summer of 2011. He can be reached at

Susan M. Walcott

Susan Walcott is Professor of Geography at the Unviersity of North Caroline, Greensboro.

Guo-hua Wang

Guo-hua Wang is the East Asian Studies Librarian at the Woodruff Libraries at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Shanshan Wang

Shanshan Wang is a visiting faculty member at the Confucius Institute at Georgia State University

Wanda Bailing Wang

Wanda Bailing Wang is Professor and Vice Dean of the College of Management at Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China.

Fei-Ling Wang

FPIF contributor Fei-Ling Wang is professor of international affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, whose most recent book is Organizing through Division and Exclusion: China's Hukou System. He can be reached at

Edward Watson

Dr. Edward Watson is Director of Flores MBA Program, E. J. Ourso College of Business Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, U.S.A, email:;

Andrew Wedeman

Andrew Wedeman received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994 and is a Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. Professor Wedeman is now beginning a new book project examining social unrest in China.

Michael C. Wenderoth

Michael C. Wenderoth is an Executive Coach, professor at IE Business School in Madrid and Senior Advisor with InterChina Consulting. From 1994-97 he served as Project Manager of the Beijing United Family Hospital. Wenderoth teaches and writes on China, Leadership and Sales.

Albert Willner

Albert Willner is is the Director of the China Security Affairs Group, CNA China Studies, in Alexandria, VA.

Brian Woodall

Dr. Brian Woodall is a tenured member of the faculty of Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the recipient of a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Japan.

Kevin Work

Kevin Work is a student of political science at Columbus State University, and Bradford Sill is a student of economics at Georgia State University

Shu-chin Wu

Shu-chin Wu, Ph.D. teaches history at Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Georgia.

Zhenhui Xu

Zhenhui Xu is professor of economics at Georgia College & State University.

Dr. Gao Yan

Dr. Yan Gao can be reached at

Liang Yao

Liang Yao is a Ph.D. student in History, Technology and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Chen Ying

Chen Ying is Professor of Geography at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, specializing in urban geography.

Henry Yu

Henry Yu is a Director at the Standard Chartered Bank, based in Shanghai. He can be contacted at

Jie Zhang

Jie Zhang, Ph.D., is associate professor of modern languages and literature at Trinity University. One of her specialties is Chinese language film.

Donia Zhang

Dr Donia Zhang is the Director at the Neoland School of Chinese Culture. She is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BArch, MA, PhD) in the UK and Brock University (MEd) in Canada. She has over 20 years of research experience in courtyard housing, and 12 years of research experience in interdisciplinary studies of architecture, education, humanities, and social sciences, in particular the interrelations of housing, health, happiness, and cultural sustainability. Her profile and contact information is available at

Rory Zimmerman

Rory Byrne Zimmerman works in Beijing. She is grateful to her friends and colleagues whose opinions and personal experiences contributed greatly to this article.