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 2018

The Growth of Chinese Military Power
Instructor: Dennis Wilder

This course will 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.  Most of the focus will be on the contemporary period and look at the development of the PLA since Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping reformed it after the 1979 border conflict with Vietnam.  Major topics covered will include the lessons learned in the 1979 border war, 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 standoff with its neighbors in the East and South China Seas.  It will also look at 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 in Comp Persp
Instructor: Kristin Looney

This course is intended to teach undergraduate students how to do research on Chinese foreign policy. Part of the class will focus on learning about the history and nature of Chinese foreign policy, with a particular emphasis on contemporary China. However, the emphasis of the class is on exposing students to an array of research methods and problems, using Chinese foreign policy as a sample subject. Students will learn techniques and methods that they can apply to other research in their time at Georgetown. They will also learn how to read research in a more sophisticated way. 

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 policymaking 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).

Politics of China
Instructor: Sungmin Cho

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.

China's Boxers: Global Context
Instructor: Howard Spendelow

This course uses China’s anti-foreign/anti-Christian “popular” Boxer Movement (1898-1901) as a platform for investigating the tumultuous decade of 1895 to 1905 in East Asia, the site of two wars (both won by newly-emerging Japan) which signaled a  major shift in the global balance of power. On the pretext of suppressing the Boxers, an ad hoc “Eight-Nation Alliance” occupied Beijing in August 1900 and imposed the onerous “Boxer Protocol” of 1901 on China. Six of the Alliance members (Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and France) had multiple, embedded, and competing interests in influencing China’s future.

Our investigation will proceed at two levels. First, we will look at the deteriorating domestic conditions in China which facilitated the rise of Boxers, exploring the tensions among the central and provincial governments and an increasingly frustrated and resentful population. Focal points include the adaptation of popular culture and folk religion, the role of women, and the impact of extreme climate events. At a second level, we will look at the rise of Japan as a regional power, the growing competition among imperialists for influence in China, the origins and effectiveness of the “Open Door Policy”, the impact of technical change on both warfare and communications, the use of new media in shaping public opinion, and the role of the Boxer Movement in facilitating the collapse of China’s Qing Dynasty in 1911. The course meets as a colloquium/seminar twice a week in small-group discussion format.

Fall 2017

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

Evan Medeiros Joins SFS as Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies

The Asian Studies Program in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evan Medeiros as the Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. Medeiros will use his time on campus to advance Georgetown’s research and teaching on China. He is scheduled to offer special lectures on key issues in contemporary U.S.-China relations and Asian affairs. Read more here.

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.


ASST-520 Growth of Chinese Military Power
ASST-524/GOVT-646 Chinese Politics 
ASST-534 Negotiation in Asia 
ASST-535 Politics of Nuclear Weapons: East Asia
CHIN-011 Intensive First Level Chinese I
CHIN-013 Intensive First Level Chinese: Advanced Beginners 
CHIN-111 Intensive 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-325 Advanced Readings in Chinese
CHIN-326 Modern Chinese Literature & Society
CHIN-362 Intro to Classical Chinese
CHIN-391 Intro to Chinese Linguistics 
CHIN-464 Modern Chinese Drama
GBUS 462 China-Latin American Relations 
HIST-122 History of China I
HIST-327 Russia & China: Roots of Conflict
INAF-200 Researching Chinese Foreign Policy
INAF-367 Trade in Asia Pacific
INAF-449 China's Evolving Role in Africa
MSFS-613 Comparative Regional Economic Development
PPOL-608 Asian Economic Development
SEST-583 China and its Military
SEST-696 Maritime Conflict in Asia
THEO-047 Chinese Philosophy 


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

Julia Strauss                                 Taylor Fravel                                  Andrew Mertha