Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle is the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science,  Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China. and Co-Director of the Center for Asian Law, and former Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is also Director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  His research focuses on Chinese law and politics, including China’s engagement with the international legal order, Taiwan’s international status, domestic legal reform in China, and comparative law in East Asia.  His books include After Engagement: Dilemmas in U.S.-China Security Relations (2021, co-edited with Avery Goldstein), Taiwan in the Era of Tsai Ing-wen (2021, co-edited with June Teufel Dreyer)  To Get Rich Is Glorious: Challenges Facing China’s Economic Reform and Opening at Forty (2019, co-edited with Avery Goldstein), China’s Global EngagementCooperation, Competition, and Influence in the 21st Century (2017, co-edited with Avery Goldstein), The Internet, Social Media and a Changing China (2015, co-edited with Avery Goldstein and Guobin Yang), and Political Changes in Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou (2014, co-edited with Jean-Pierre Cabestan). His writings have appeared in Orbis, Journal of Contemporary China, and many other, international affairs journals, law reviews, and edited volumes. He serves frequently as an expert witness on Chinese law and government policies and as a consultant and advisor to legal reform, development and education programs related to law and China.

Avery Goldstein

Avery Goldstein is the David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations in the Political Science Department, Inaugural Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on international relations, security studies, and Chinese politics. He is the author of Rising to the Challenge: China’s Grand Strategy and International Security (Stanford University Press, 2005), Deterrence and Security in the 21st Century: China, Britain, France and the Enduring Legacy of the Nuclear Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2000), and From Bandwagon to Balance of Power Politics: Structural Constraints and Politics in China, 1949-1978 (Stanford University Press, 1991). Among his other publications are articles in the journals International Security, International Organization, Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Comparative Politics, Orbis, and Polity as well as chapters in a variety of edited volumes. Goldstein is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

Neysun Mahboubi

Neysun A. Mahboubi is a Research Scholar of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Lecturer in Law at Penn Law School. He also hosts the CSCC Podcast. His primary academic interests are in the areas of administrative law, comparative law, and Chinese law, and his current writing focuses on the development of modern Chinese administrative law. He has chaired the international committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, advised both the Asia Foundation and the Administrative Conference of the United States on Chinese administrative procedure reform, and moderates the Comparative Administrative Law Listserv hosted by Yale Law School. He has taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Yale Law School. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. (Politics & EAS) from Princeton University.


Yuanyuan Zeng

Yuanyuan Zeng is the Associate Director of Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China. She joined Penn from Johns Hopkins University where she served as social sciences and area studies librarian at the Eisenhower Library from 2003-2012. From 2000-2001, she worked at the Asian Division of Library of Congress. She received her B.A. from Sichuan University, and her M.S. in Library& Information Science and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Catholic University of America. In her spare time, she serves as an English/Mandarin conference interpreter for the U.S. Department of State.

Amanda Morrison

Amanda Morrison is the Project Fellow. She recently completed a Master’s in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. She previously graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in international relations focused on East Asia, authoritarian politics, gender, and media. Amanda has worked as a researcher at the U.S. Asia Law Institute and published articles in The Boston Globe and The Atlantic. She has worked in film development at Skydance Media and as a producer’s assistant in Los Angeles. Amanda is a multimedia producer currently directing a documentary film about Chinese feminist activism supported by the Carey Institute for Global Good.