Study China at Georgetown



Art and Art History
Michelle Wang
Buddhist visual culture, Dunhuang studies

Charles Udomsaph 
Chinese economy, microeconomic foundations, economic development

Politics and Security
Kristen Looney 
Chinese politics, politics of rural development in East Asia
Joanna Lewis 
Energy, environment, and innovation in China
Oriana Mastro
Chinese military and security policy
Andrew Scobell
Chinese politics, US-China relations
Dennis Wilder
Chinese military and security policy

Carol Benedict
Modern Chinese history, social and cultural history of 19th and 20th century China
James Millward
Chinese and Central Eurasian history, Mongolia, Tibet, and Xinjiang, the Silk Road
James Reardon-Anderson
Modern Chinese history
Howard Spendelow
Chinese history and Sino-Russian relations

Language & Culture
Juei-chen Hsiao
Chinese language
Lihong Huang
Chinese language
Philip Kafalas
Chinese literature and classical Chinese language
Wen-Hui Li
Chinese language
Chuan Lin
Chinese language
Di Qi
Chinese language
Fei Ren
Chinese language
Peng Wang
Chinese language
Yu-Sheng Yang
Chinese language
Pei-Shan Yu
Chinese language
Jingyuan Zhang
Chinese language

Lucille Barale
Legal aspects of doing business in China
Viet Dinh
Georgetown Law Asia
James Feinerman
Georgetown Law Asia, Asian legal studies
Susan Roosevelt-Weld
Law and rights in China

Francisca Cho 
East Asian Buddhism
Erin Cline
Early Chinese ethical, religious, and political thought

Becky Hsu
Religion, organizations, global aid, and development in China
Dennis McNamara
Innovation and soft power in China

Featured Courses

Spring 2017

Chinese Foreign Policy
Instructor: Andrew Scobell

This graduate level course will examine the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It will identify the major trends in the PRC’s foreign relations during the past sixty years. The course is divided into four sections. The first section explores issues of interest and identity in order to understand how geography, demography, history, and culture continue to shape China’s foreign policy. What drives PRC foreign policy? Who runs it? How does the process of foreign policy making function and what are the key bureaucratic actors? The second section analyzes the PRC’s security challenges and the strategies adopted to address them in China’s immediate neighborhood, the wider Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Special attention is given to PRC policy toward the United States. The third part considers issues of territorial integrity and problems of ‘stateness’ including Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Macao. The fourth part scrutinizes the different instruments of power wielded by the PRC: hard (i.e. economic and military) and soft (i.e. ideas and culture).

Chinese in Diplomatic Discourse
Instructor: Lihong Huang 

This course aims to develop students’ command of the Chinese language through critical study of authentic written, audio, and video materials relating to diplomatic interaction between China and the United States. The course is divided chronologically into three thematic units: the period of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the period of conflict, and the early 21st century. Unlike traditional teaching methods that dissect language into separate parts such as vocabulary, grammar, and content, this course approaches Chinese learning in a holistic and practical way, to help students focus on what is needed to communicate in real life. By the end of the course, the students will have a better comprehension of the diplomacy-related Chinese materials and more confident command of the Chinese language for use in international diplomacy. 

Chinese in Politics
Instructor: Sungmin Cho 

This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of China’s domestic politics. As it has transitioned from dynastic rule to communism to a socialist market economy, China has undergone revolution, reform and the most rapid economic and social change experienced in the last century, becoming one of the most dynamic and important countries in the world today. This course explores key debates concerning China’s political system, major political events in the modern history of China, political implications of economic reform, and achievements as well as limits of political reform. Although the focus of this course is on China's domestic politics, there will be some discussion of how international factors have affected China's political development and of how China compares with other countries in East Asia.

FALL 2017

The Growth of Chinese Military Power
Instructor: Dennis Wilder

This course seeks to explore the origin, role, and the transformation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into one of the world’s most capable armed forces. The course will mostly focus on the contemporary period and look at the development of the PLA since Deng Xiaoping reformed the army after the 1979 Chinese border conflict with Vietnam. Major topics covered will include the lessons learned from the 1979 border clash, the role of the military in the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the 1995 missile crisis with Taiwan, the US-China EP-3 crisis of 2001, and the current Chinese standoff with the neighbors in the East and South China Seas. The course will also examine the Chinese military as an instrument of statecraft, contemporary civil-military relations, the evolution of Chinese power projection capabilities, and Chinese nuclear doctrine.

Chinese Politics
Instructor: Kristen Looney

This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of China's domestic politics. The topics covered include China's modern political history (1949-present), political culture, regime characteristics, political economy, and state-society relations. Although the focus of this course is on China's domestic politics, there will be some discussion of how international factors have affected China's political development and of how China compares with other countries.

Chinese Philosophy
Instructor: Erin Cline

This course introduces students to the diversity of views found in the history of Chinese philosophy, from the distinctive virtue ethical views of classical Confucians and the conceptions of a “state of nature” offered in the texts of the Mozi and the Xunzi to Daoist accounts of the inherent goodness of human nature and Chinese Buddhist views concerning the self. We will examine the profound ways in which the Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist traditions influenced each other and were shaped by the critiques of competing schools of thought, particularly with the advent of Chinese Buddhism and Neo-Confucian philosophy. We will also evaluate the degree of influence that traditional Chinese philosophy has had on contemporary East Asian cultures, and the reasons why Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism seem to have more in common with (other) religious traditions than with Western philosophical schools or positions.

Russia and China: Roots of Conflict
Instructor: Howard Spendelow

This course analyzes the complex, and frequently hostile, relationship between China and Russia from the early 17th to the end of the 20th centuries. We begin with the establishment of connections between the newly-founded Qing and Romanov empires, move into the tense confrontations of the 19th century as Russia became an expanding imperialist power at China’s expense, then take up the early 20th centuries efforts in both areas to replace an autocratic monarchy with a more participatory form of government, and end with a study of how each area’s experiments with communism influenced their interactions from the 1920s on. 

China's Evolving Role in Africa
Instructor: Yoon Jung Park

China and Africa’s economic and diplomatic relations have developed rapidly in the last twenty years. Media stories depict China’s engagement as a new “scramble for Africa” reminiscent of the West’s colonial engagement with Africa in 20th century. What is the real story? What is China getting from its engagement with Africa? Even more important, what are the Africans getting from the relationship? Will it be transformative or a repeat of the Western colonial extractive experience? This course will provide students with a balanced and nuanced understanding of the China-in-Africa story. 

recent developments

Dennis Wilder, former nsc director for china, Joins ASIAN STUDIES

Dennis Wilder, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), returns to Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Asian Studies Program and Senior Fellow at the Initiative for US-China Dialogue on Global Issues. In fall 2017, Professor Wilder will teach a graduate-level course titled “The Growth of Chinese Military Power,” which seeks to explore the origin, role, and the transformation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into one of the world’s most capable armed forces. The course will mostly focus on the contemporary period and look at the development of the PLA since Deng Xiaoping reformed the army after the 1979 Chinese border conflict with Vietnam.


Georgetown University received a $5 million gift to establish the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. This Chair has allowed the School to search for a full-time faculty in the international relations or comparative politics of China. Examples of relevant areas of inquiry include Chinese foreign policy and security, political economy, domestic politics, and U.S.-China relations. The School is excited to establish a place for a leading scholar who will drive a set of critical courses, research, and policy dialogue. 


The Georgetown Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues will advance the most critical international relationship in the twenty-first century. It will build on Georgetown’s core strengths – academic excellence, location in Washington, DC, and Catholic and Jesuit mission of service to the world – to create a platform for high-level dialogue among American and Chinese leaders from government, business, the academy, and society that acknowledges political and ideological divides while promoting mutual understanding and collaboration. Through public events, on-line forums, and publications, the Initiative will bring diverse US and Chinese perspectives to bear on critical global issues, including peace and security, business and trade, economic and social development, global health and humanitarian crises, and the environment. Three common themes will animate Initiative dialogue across these issues: history, institutions, and political values. Furthermore, the Initiative will be open to collaboration with centers and institutes based in China, the US, or other countries, in pursuit of its mission.

Professor Bob Wang and his class stand outside the Embassy of the People's Republic of China

Professor Robert Wang and his class stand outside the Embassy of the People's Republic of China with an embassy representative. Professor Wang taught the course "Conflict and Cooperation in U.S.-China Relations" in fall 2015.


ARST-457 China-Arab Relations
ASST-520 Growth of Chinese Military Power
ASST-532 China's Economy
CHIN-011 Intensive First Level Chinese I
CHIN-013 Intensive Frst Level Chinese: Advanced Beginner CHIN-111 Intens Second Lev Chinese I
CHIN-211 Third Level Chinese I
CHIN-311 Integrated Advanced Chinese I
CHIN-313 Advanced Oral Communication
CHIN-321 Business Chinese I
CHIN-362 Intro to Classical Chinese
CHIN-391 Intro to Chinese Linguistics CHIN-464 Modern Chinese Drama
HIST-122 History of China I
HIST-325 Modern China: Fiction & History
INAF-367 Trade in Asia Pacific
INAF-449 China's Evolving Role in Africa
PPOL-681 BRICS & The Global Economy
SEST-583 China and its Military
SEST-696 Maritime Conflict in Asia
SOCI-174 Sociology of Chinese Film
THEO-139 Chinese Religions


Bilden Asian Security Studies Program
CDACS Project: Chinese Electoral Framework Project (CEFP)
China Central Party School Dialogue
China Health Law Initiative
China Studies Speaker Series
China and the Middle East
Comparative Constitutional Law
Contemporary China Lecture Series
Feasibility Study East Asia National Resource Center
Georgetown-Xiamen MS-PhD Dual Degree Program
Global Strategic Management: The Asian Perspective
Law Center Study Abroad at Tsinghua University
Law Center Tsinghua GHL Dual Degree
Law Center Tsinghua IADS Dual Degree
Law-Asia Forum
Major in Chinese Language Studies
McCourt School of Public Policy Study Abroad at Fudan University, Shanghai
Minor in Chinese Language Studies
Religion in China and the United States Project
SCS Custom Program for China Construction Bank Leaders

Study Abroad

Study Abroad in Beijing - The Beijing Center (Loyola University Chicago)
Study Abroad in Beijing, China - Associated Colleges in China (ACC-Hamilton) Program at Minzu University
Study Abroad in Beijing,. China - (CIEE)
Study Abroad in Harbin, China- (CET)
Study Abroad in Hong Kong - (Syracuse)
Study Abroad in Nanjing, China - (CIEE)
Study Abroad in Shanghai, China - (CIEE)
Study Abroad: Three-Campus Consortium for Comparative East Asian Studies (University of Hong Kong, Yonsei University, and Keio University)
Summer with GU Impacts: Social Entrepreneurship Program

For even more information about studying abroad in China, please see the Office of Global Education website.

Student Organizations

Asia-Pacific Forum
This is a graduate student-focused organization operating out of the School of Foreign Service. APF organizes and sponsors events and activities focused on the politics and policies of the Asia-Pacific region.

Chinese Student and Scholar Association
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Georgetown University (GU-CSSA) is an officially registered nonpolitical, nonreligious, and nonprofit graduate student organization of Georgetown University.

Georgetown Chinese Student Alliance
Founded in 1991 as China Circle, Georgetown's Chinese Student Alliance has developed into an organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds, not just Chinese. Furthermore, CSA engages the larger Georgetown community through multiple events throughout the school year, such as the Moon Cake Festival celebration, lamb kabobs, language dinners at authentic Chinese restaurants, traditional dances at Asiafest, Night Chef, the Career Forum, CSA Ball, and much, much more!

Georgetown Hong Kong Student Association
The Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA) celebrates Hong Kong culture and heritage for all students who are interested in traveling and working in Hong Kong. Also, it provides a place where Cantonese students can interact with each other and connect with alumni to facilitate pre-professional interests.

Taiwanese American Student Association
We are a student group dedicated to promoting Taiwanese culture through educational, social, and cultural events. Georgetown TASA became official in April 2008, and is open anyone who is interested in learning more about Taiwan. We are an official network under ITASA, the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association, a non-profit organization providing events and resources that explore and celebrate Taiwanese American identity.


Every academic semester, the Asian Studies Program hosts a number of distinguished U.S. and foreign scholars, policymakers, journalists, and other practitioners in the field of Asian affairs to share their knowledge and insight, discussing today's most critical issues in East, South, and Southeast Asia. Our past speakers include some of the most prominent China experts in the field. Please visit our events page to learn more about special lectures and seminars organized by the Asian Studies Program.

AG   MG   TC

      Avery Goldstein                              Mary Gallagher                            Thomas Christensen

BG   TF   AM

Bonnie Glaser                                Taylor Fravel                                  Andrew Mertha