Our People

The Center serves to connect all 10 campuses of the University of California system with Fudan University in Shanghai and is designed to brings together leading research scholars from both universities for conferences and lectures, and facilitate cooperative research. Meet the scholars, executive board and academic council members, research associates and staff.

Administrative

  • Richard Madsen, Director

    Richard Madsen, Director

    Richard Madsen is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor at GPS, UC San Diego. He is author or co-author of 12 books, in Chinese Society, American Society and U.S.-China Relations. His most recent book is "Democracy’s Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan" (University of California Press, 2007).
  • Xu Xian, Managing Associate Director

    Xu Xian, Managing Associate Director

    Xu Xian is director of the China Insurance and Social Security Research Center, Fudan University, as well as a council member of the Insurance Society of China and senior member of Accounting Society of China and a research associate at the Centre for European Economic Research in Germany. He holds a doctorate in economics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Xu’s research focuses on insurance, disaster economics, risk management and insurance management.
  • Lei Guang, Associate Director

    Lei Guang, Associate Director

    Lei Guang is professor of political science at San Diego State University and founding director of the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and has held year-long visiting positions at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, Tsinghua University in China, and Stanford and Yale Universities. He has published work on the political economy of migration in China and the evolution of China's political discourses. He is currently working on projects that seek to understand the causes of social conflict in China, and responses by the grassroots state. He serves on the editorial boards of China Quarterly and the China Journal.
  • Samuel Tsoi, Assistant Director

    Samuel Tsoi, Assistant Director

    Samuel Tsoi manages events and programmatic initiatives to promote policy-relevant research and constructive dialogue on U.S.-China relations at GPS. He is the host of the China 21 podcast. Tsoi received his master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he researched China’s soft power and the linkages between the Chinese diaspora and development. He also published articles on Chinese-American affairs and held roles in advocacy, community engagement and media relations in Massachusetts government and legislative affairs.

Executive Board

  • Lin Shangli, Chairman

    Lin Shangli, Chairman

    Lin Shangli is the Vice President of Fudan University and was appointed to this position in April 2011. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Fudan University in 1998. Professor Lin’s research interests include political theory, especially Marxian philosophy, and domestic Chinese politics. He has published more than ten books on politics, including Party Politics and Modernization, Electoral Politics, The Logic of Politics, and Contemporary Chinese Political Forms, in addition to more than 100 articles in various journals and magazines. Professor Lin is also a guest researcher of the Shanghai CCP College and Shanghai Administration Institute, Vice Chairman of Academic Committee of Institute of East Asia, Shanghai.
  • Peter Cowhey, Executive Vice Chairman

    Peter Cowhey, Executive Vice Chairman

    Peter Cowhey is Dean and Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy at GPS, UC San Diego. Dean Cowhey has extensive experience as a policy analyst and in the government, most recently serving as the Senior Counselor to Ambassador Kirk in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under President Barack Obama in 2009. He serves on the bi-national experts group appointed by the U.S. and Chinese Governments on innovation policy. He also serves as the Chief Policy Officer for the Aspen Institute’s International Digital Economy Accords project to update policies involving the Internet and global information and communications markets.

  • Chen Yinzhang, Fudan Member

    Chen Yinzhang, Fudan Member

    Advisor to the President on International Affairs, Fudan University
  • Lin Xuelei, Fudan Member

    Lin Xuelei, Fudan Member

    Director, Financial Office, Fudan University
  • Pan Jun, Fudan Member

    Pan Jun, Fudan Member

    Director, Department of Liaison and Development, Fudan University
  • Peng Xizhe, Fudan Member

    Peng Xizhe, Fudan Member

    Associate Dean of FDDI; Professor of Demography, Fudan University
  • Yang Zhigang, Fudan Member

    Yang Zhigang, Fudan Member

    Director, Office of Liberal Arts Studies, Fudan University
  • Zhou Yaming, Fudan Member

    Zhou Yaming, Fudan Member

    Director, Human Resources Office, Fudan University
  • Zhu Chouwen, Fudan Member

    Zhu Chouwen, Fudan Member

    Director, Foreign Affairs Office, Fudan University
  • Richard Madsen, UC Member

    Richard Madsen, UC Member

    Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor at GPS, UC San Diego
  • Barry Naughton, UC Member

    Barry Naughton, UC Member

    Professor of Chinese Economy and Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs, GPS, UC San Diego
  • Susan Shirk, UC Member

    Susan Shirk, UC Member

    Chair of 21st Century China Center, GPS, UC San Diego

Academic Council

  • Peng Xizhe, Academic Council Co-Chair

    Peng Xizhe, Academic Council Co-Chair

    Peng Xizhe is Associate Dean of Fudan Development Institute, Director of the State Innovative Institute for Public Management and Public Policy Studies at Fudan University. He received his PhD degree in Population Studies from London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 1988, and has been working extensively on issues of population and social development. Professor Peng has published and edited 17 books and more than 100 academic papers, including "Demographic Transition in China: Fertility Trends since the 1950s" (Oxford: Clarendon Press, UK, 1991) and "The Changing Population of China" (Blackwell, 2000), and “China’s demographic history and future challenges” in Science, Vol. 333 (2011).
  • Susan Shirk, Academic Council Co-Chair

    Susan Shirk, Academic Council Co-Chair

    Susan Shirk is the chair of the 21st Century China Center at GPS, UC San Diego. Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (1997-2000), responsible for U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. She founded and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, an unofficial forum for discussions of security issues. Shirk has authored many articles and books on Chinese education, economic policy-making, political leadership and foreign policy. Her book, "China: Fragile Superpower" (2007), has reached a wide audience in Japan, India and Taiwan as well as the United States. Her new book "Changing Media, Changing China" (2011) is attracting great interest.
  • Christopher Connery, Associate Chair

    Christopher Connery, Associate Chair

    Professor of Literature, UC Santa Cruz
  • Wu Xinbo, Associate Chair

    Wu Xinbo, Associate Chair

    Associate Dean, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Professor of American Studies, Fudan University
  • Lin Shangli, Fudan Member

    Lin Shangli, Fudan Member

    Vice President of Fudan University, Professor of Political Science
  • Chen Zhimin, Fudan Member

    Chen Zhimin, Fudan Member

    Associate Dean, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Professor of International Relations, Fudan University
  • Hua Min, Fudan Member

    Hua Min, Fudan Member

    Institute of World Economy, Professor of Economics, Fudan University
  • Zhang Jun, Fudan Member

    Zhang Jun, Fudan Member

    China Center for Economic Studies, Professor of Economics, Fudan University
  • Meng Jian, Fudan Member

    Meng Jian, Fudan Member

    Director, International Public Relations Research Center, Professor of Communication, Fudan University
  • Lizhu Fan, Fudan Member

    Lizhu Fan, Fudan Member

    Professor of Sociology, Fudan University, Affiliated Faculty, GPS, UC San Diego
  • Chen Yizhang, Fudan Member

    Chen Yizhang, Fudan Member

    Special Advisor to the President, Fudan University
  • Dai Xingyi, Fudan Member

    Dai Xingyi, Fudan Member

    Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University
  • Qian Xu, Fudan Member

    Qian Xu, Fudan Member

    Associate Dean, Department of Public Health, Fudan University
  • Tom Gold, UC Member

    Tom Gold, UC Member

    Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
  • Kevin O’Brian, UC Member

    Kevin O’Brian, UC Member

    Walter and Elise Haas Professor of Asian Studies; Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science; & Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies Groups, UC Berkeley
  • Gail Hershatter, UC Member

    Gail Hershatter, UC Member

    Distinguished Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz
  • Haifeng Huang, UC Member

    Haifeng Huang, UC Member

    Assistant Professor, UC Merced
  • Victor Lippit, UC Member

    Victor Lippit, UC Member

    Professor of Economics, UC Riverside
  • Barry Naughton, UC Member

    Barry Naughton, UC Member

    Professor of Chinese Economy and Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs, GPS, UC San Diego, UC San Diego
  • Feng Wang, UC Member

    Feng Wang, UC Member

    Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine
  • Shu Xiaoling, UC Member

    Shu Xiaoling, UC Member

    Professor of Sociology,Graduate Director and Vice Chair, UC Davis
  • C.C. Wang, UC Member

    C.C. Wang, UC Member

    Professor of Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF
  • Yan Yunxiang, UC Member

    Yan Yunxiang, UC Member

    Professor of Anthropology, UCLA
  • Bin Wong, UC Member

    Bin Wong, UC Member

    Professor of History, UCLA
  • Mayfair Yang, UC Member

    Mayfair Yang, UC Member

    Professor of Religious Studies & East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Affiliated Scholars

  • Monica Liu, Research Associate

    Monica Liu, Research Associate

    Monica Liu received her Ph.D. in sociology from the UC San Diego and, shortly after, taught at Carleton College as visiting assistant professor of sociology. As a research associate at the Fudan-UC Center, her research examines international cyber-dating and cross-border marriages between women from China and men from Western countries. Currently, she is working on a book titled “Cyberspace Romance in Translation: The Case of China’s Email-Order Brides.” Based on her longitudinal ethnographic research (2008-16), this work explores why Chinese women seek foreign husbands, despite China’s 34 million male-female gender gap; how their marriage brokers mediate their online courtship interactions; and the outcomes of their post-marital lives abroad.