Current developments (and challenges ahead) in the fields of Chinese political science

hosted by the ACPS (Association of Chinese Political Studies)

Panel Organizers / Chairs

Nele Noesselt (University of Duisburg-Essen/ AREA Ruhr)
Gregory Moore (University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China)


Xi Chen (University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley)
James Paradise (Yonsei University, Seoul)
Yumin Sheng (Wayne State University, Detroit)

Panel abstract

This roundtable discusses recent trends and challenges ahead in the fields of Chinese Political Science with a special focus on the US. What are recent hot topics in the fields of China Studies and East Asian Politics in the US? Which theories and methods dominate these debates and research approaches? How do researchers in the US cope with the travel restrictions caused by the global spread of the coronavirus? Are there any ideas (and best practice examples) how to substitute field research by virtual solutions?

How did the trade and currency war, as well as the 5G issue,  between Washington and Peking impact on contemporary China Studies? Are there any signs that the outcome of the US presidential elections will open a new chapter of Sino-US relations ?

Short Bios

Dr. Dr. Nele Noesselt holds the Chair for Political Science with a special focus on China/ East Asia (W3) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). Since 2017, she is the speaker of the AREA Graduate School on Transnational East Asian Studies. In 2018, she got appointed to the international advisory board of the book series Bristol Studies in East Asian International Relations (Bristol University Press). Her research focuses on governance issues in China as well as China’s role in world affairs. Before joining the University of Duisburg-Essen, she worked as post-doc research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, where she also acted as speaker of the GIGA research team on Comparative Regionalism Studies.

Dr. Gregory J. Moore (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Professor of Global Studies and Politics at Colorado Christian University. He is President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies, a member of the (U.S.) National Committee on United States-China Relations, and was a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, 2019-2020. In addition to many articles on international relations, he is the author of Human Rights and US Policy Toward China from a Christian Perspective (Crossroads Monograph Series on Faith and Public Policy, 1999), author/editor of North Korean Nuclear Operationality: Regional Security and Non-Proliferation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), author of Niebuhrian International Relations: The Ethics of Foreign Policymaking (Oxford University Press, 2020), and An International Relations Research Methods Toolkit (forthcoming, Routledge, 2021), and has another book in the works on Sino-American relations.

Dr. Xi Chen (Ph.D.) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Asian Studies Minor Program at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). She specializes in International Politics with a focus on China. She obtained her Doctoral degree in Planning, Governance, and Globalization from Virginia Tech and M.A. in Applied Linguistics from China Foreign Affairs University. Dr. Chen’s primary research and teaching interests include: Asian Politics, Chinese Politics, Media and Politics, Global Security, and International Relations. Her research has led to publications in both refereed journals and books. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Chinese media and politics.

Dr. James F. Paradise (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is an assistant professor at Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea. He specializes in international political economy, with particular reference to China. Among his publications are “Power Through Participation: The Case of China and New Multilateral Development Banks” (Korean Political Science Review, 2017), “The Role of ‘Parallel Institutions’ in China’s Growing Participation in Global Economic Governance” (Journal of Chinese Political Science, 2016), “The New Intellectual Property Rights Environment in China: Impact of WTO Membership and China’s ‘Innovation Society’ Makeover” (Asian Journal of Social Science, 2013) and “China and International Harmony: The Role of Confucius Institutes in Bolstering Beijing’s Soft Power” (Asian Survey, 2009). He is currently doing research on China’s tourism statecraft, the U.S.-South Korea alliance, and the institutionalization of Asian monetary cooperation.

Dr. Yumin Sheng (Ph.D., Yale University, 2005) is an associate professor of political science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His research interests are economic globalization and domestic politics, federalism and decentralization, regional political representation and resource redistribution, and civil-military relations under authoritarianism, with a focus on contemporary China. He is the author of Economic Openness and Territorial Politics in China (2010) and articles in British Journal of Political Science, China Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and Studies in Comparative International Development.