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Program Staff: China Program

Yawei Liu, Ph.D.

Yawei Liu has been a member of numerous Carter Center missions to monitor Chinese village, township, and county people's congress deputy elections since 1997. Liu has written extensively on China's political developments and grassroots democracy, including three edited book series: "Rural Election and Governance in Contemporary China" (Northwestern University Press, Xi'an, 2002 and 2004); "The Political Readers" (China Central Translation Bureau Press, Beijing, 2006); and "Elections & Governance" (Northwestern University Press, Xian, 2009). He is the founder and editor of the China elections and governance website Liu is also co-author of the popular Chinese book "Obama: The Man Who Will Change America" (October 2008).

Liu is an adjunct professor of political science at Emory University and associate director of the China Research Center in Atlanta. He earned his bachelor's degree in English literature from Xi'an Foreign Languages Institute (1982), master's degree in recent American history from the University of Hawaii (1989), and doctorate in American political and diplomatic history from Emory University (1996).

Read a Q&A with Liu on Political Reform in China.

Atif Choudhury
Senior Program Associate

Atif Choudhury has a background in rule-of-law development, international elections, access to justice, and maritime law. He previously worked in Cambodia and Timor-Leste and has also been involved in home-office projects related to access to justice in Bangladesh and transitional justice in Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. Choudhury earned his Master of Law in public international law from Queen Mary University of London, a Juris Doctorate from William and Mary Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and medicine, health & society from Vanderbilt University. He is also a blogger and writer whose works have been featured in The Huffington Post, The Dhaka Tribune, William and Mary Law School’s The Comparative Jurist, The Vanderbilt Political Review, and the Advocates for International Development Student Blog.

Ian Pilcher
Program Assistant

Ian Pilcher is began working for the China Program as a graduate assistant in August 2015, when his research focused on U.S.-China collaboration in third-party areas, specifically in Myanmar and Africa. Pilcher got his bachelor’s degree in Asian studies: China emphasis, from Brigham Young University. While studying at BYU, he participated in two study-abroad programs, one to Beijing Language and Culture University and the other to Nanjing University. He is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University and will finish his Master of Public Administration in the spring of 2017.

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