Joshua Eisenman – Keough School


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Areas of expertise: international political economy; comparative policies; development; Chinese policy; US-Chinese relations; China’s relations with developing countries; China-Africa relations


Joshua Eisenman (????) research focuses on China’s development political economy and its foreign relations with the United States and the developing world, particularly Africa. His work has been published in top academic journals, including Global development, Development and change, Contemporary China Journal and History of the Cold War, and in popular outlets such as Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign police. His opinions have been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist and The New Republic.

Eisenman’s last book, The green revolution of red China: technological innovation, institutional change and economic development under the commune (Columbia University Press, 2018), received honorable mention for the 2019 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award. He explains how more capital investment and better agricultural techniques have increased agricultural productivity growth in Maoist China. In China pulls out: Beijing’s major engagement with the developing world (Routledge, 2018), he worked with Eric Heginbotham to analyze China’s policies towards the developing world. Eisenman’s second book, China and Africa: a century of commitment (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), co-authored with David Shinn, has been named one of the three best books on Africa from Foreign Affairs. Eisenman and Shinn’s next volume will examine China-Africa political and security relations.

Eisenman has been a visiting faculty member at Fudan University (summer 2017), Peking University (summer 2016), and NYU-Shanghai (2011-12). He was a political analyst at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (2003-05) and has been a senior research fellow for China Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council since 2006. Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 2019, he was an assistant professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Eisenman holds a doctorate in political science from UCLA, an MA in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied at the Hopkins- Nanjing Center, and a BA in East Asian Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Recent work

Op-Ed: Beijing’s Schadenfreude on Capitol Riots hides deep anxiety (Foreign police)

Book review: China’s growing influence in developing countries in Asia (Chinese newspaper)

Journal article: Building a more “democratic” and “multipolar” world: China’s strategic engagement with developing countries (The China Review)

Editorial: It’s time to revisit trans-Pacific trade (The hill)

Analysis: Countering China’s State of Security: A Biparty Approach (American Council on Foreign Policy)

Editorial: China’s global critics help it win (Foreign police)

Trial: China’s geostrategic conception of the developing world (East Asia Quarterly Forum)

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