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 bring together leading research scholars from both universities for conferences and lectures, and facilitate cooperative research. 


  • 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.