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Program Staff: China Program

Yawei Liu, Ph.D.
Director

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 www.chinaelections.org. 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.

Ying Zhu, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Senior Program Associate

Ying Zhu received her Ph.D. in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.B.A. from Emory University. Zhu has published scholarly articles and taught at Kennesaw State and Georgia State universities. Over the years, she has been a cross-cultural architect focused on strengthening U.S.-China relations in both the business and nonprofit sectors, and has organized study-abroad programs in China for Georgia Tech and Emory students.

Zhu was also the founder of the first feminist bookstore in Shanghai. Possessing a deep understanding of China's social, economic, and political dimensions, she is familiar with the perspectives of Chinese people from all walks of life and is dedicated to acting on their behalf. She brings this sense of social justice to her work at The Carter Center.

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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