Study China at Georgetown


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

Charles Udomsaph 
Chinese economy, microeconomic foundations, economic development

Political Science
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: FALL 2016

“The Growth of Chinese Military Power"
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: 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. This is a graduate-level seminar that prepares you to pursue advanced knowledge through class discussion and independent research.

Modern China: Fiction and History
Howard Spendelow

This course takes up an investigation of social problems and political tensions in China during the 18th and 20th centuries, as seen through the medium of literature. Through a close reading (in English translation) of selected novels and short stories, we will explore how China's intelligentsia has used literature as a mode of social criticism, to present their perceptions of China's problems and to offer possible solutions. No knowledge of the Chinese language is assumed.

China's Evolving Role in Africa
Callisto Madavo

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 Joins the ASP Team

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 2016, 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.

Penner Family Chair

Georgetown University has received a $5 million gift to establish the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies within the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. This Chair, with a focus on US-China relations, will establish a place for a leading scholar in the broad area of politics, political economy, or business and will drive a set of critical courses, research, and policy dialogue.

US-China Initiative

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.