Board of Directors (2016 - 2018)

Dr. Yi Edward YangDr. Yi Edward Yang, President, is Associate Professor of Political Science at James Madison University (JMU). He specializes in Chinese politics, foreign policy decision-making, political psychology, and international political economy. His research has appeared in several edited volumes and peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Political Psychology, Journal of Contemporary China, and Chinese Journal of International Politics.

In addition to his academic activities in the United States, Dr. Yang travels to China frequently for research and teaching projects.  He served as a visiting scholar at China Foreign Affairs University and Nankai University.  Dr. Yang works as an independent consultant providing corporations, government agencies, and research institutes with the information they need to understand and negotiate China’s unique political and business environment.

Dr. Yang can be contacted via email at


Jessica TeetsDr. Jessica C. Teets, President-elect, is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Middlebury College, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Chinese Political Science. Her research focuses on governance and policy experimentation in authoritarian regimes, especially the role of civil society. She is the author of Civil Society Under Authoritarianism: The China Model (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and editor (with William Hurst) of Local Governance Innovation in China: Experimentation, Diffusion, and Defiance (Routledge Contemporary China Series, 2014), in addition to articles published in The China Quarterly, World Politics, and the Journal of Contemporary China. Dr. Teets is a fellow with the Public Intellectuals Program created by the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR), and is currently researching policy innovation by local governments in China.

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Dr. Jin Julie ZengDr. Jin Julie Zeng (曾金), Treasurer, is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University.  Dr. Zeng’s primary research interests are political economy of development, state-society relations, and the politics of economic reform, with a focus on China. She is the author of the book, State-Led Privatization in China—The Politics of Economic Reform (Routledge, 2013). Dr. Zeng has also published articles in scholarly journals such as Third World Quarterly, Journal of Chinese Political Science, and Asian Perspective. Dr. Zeng is currently working on a research project of rural land reform in China.

Dr. Zeng can be contacted via email at


Steven BallaSteven J. Balla (白君竹), Research Director, is Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he is also a Research Affiliate at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, a Senior Scholar at the Regulatory Studies Center, and a member of the faculty at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

The central focus of his research is the structure and process of policy making in China and the United States. He is specifically interested in the ways in which public officials solicit feedback on policy proposals from individuals and organizations outside of government, as well as the nature of the feedback that is received and the responsiveness of decision makers to this feedback. He has published articles in such journals as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, China Information, Journal of Contemporary China, and Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, as well as the edited volume China’s Contested Internet (NIAS Press). He is the co-author (with William T. Gormley, Jr.) of Bureaucracy and Democracy: Accountability and Performance (CQ Press), and co-editor (with Martin Lodge and Edward C. Page) of The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration. During the 2008-2009 academic year, he served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Peking University School of Government, and during the 2015-2016 academic year, he served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Nankai University Zhou Enlai School of Government. He is currently working on a book on the Internet and political reform in China.

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Wanfa ZhangDr. Wanfa Zhang, Secretary and Newsletter Editor, is Associate Professor of political science at Florida Institute of Technology. He was previously a lecturer at China Foreign Affairs University and the author of articles published in Asian Perspective, The Journal of Comparative Asian Development, China Journal of American History and Journal of Foreign Affairs College. He was also a contributor of entries to the Dictionary on China’s Diplomacy and the author of several book chapters and reviews. His research interests include militarized interstate disputes, contemporary Chinese politics and diplomacy, and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. He has also been invited as a guest speaker to give talks on international and Chinese politics by other colleges or on TV interview in Florida.

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SHANRUO NING ZHANGDr. Shanruo Ning Zhang, Membership Director, is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Zhang’s main research interests include Chinese political culture, political culture and Cultural Studies, political discourse and discursive politics, methodology and epistemology of text analysis (hermeneutics, interpretive analysis, content analysis, and discourse analysis). In addition to multiple articles published in the American and Chinese academia, Dr. Zhang’s most recent book—Confucianism in Contemporary Chinese Politics: An Actionable Account of Authoritarian Political Culture—discusses “legitimating” and “engaging” values in the Confucian political cultural tradition and their influences in shaping up political institutions, discourse and action in today’s Chinese politics.

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Dr. Xiaojun Li Dr. Xiaojun Li (李晓隽), publicity director, is an assistant professor in the department of political science and faculty associate in the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. His research examines the domestic and international political economy of China, and has appeared in Asian Survey, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Contemporary China, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Dr. Li can be reached via e-mail at