James B. Duke Professor, Asian Studies and Political Studies

Johns Hall 111F

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      Minority politics and rule of law development in China

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      I include discussion of the environment in Chinese and Asian politics courses, taught a six-week course on Chinese Environmental Politics for the 2009 Fall in China program, and directed a May X course to China titled "China in Search of Sustainability." I have also just submitted a letter of intent to apply for a Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, so hope to work with colleagues across campus to address Chinese environmental issues using a multidisciplinary approach. So much can be learned about Chinese politics broadly, poverty studies, international relations, urban studies, and scientific studies of the environment by examining key issues in China's environmental policies. I am, therefore, interested in expanding my teaching on China's environment, collaborating with colleagues, and finding internship or service-learning opportunities in China for our students.

  • Center-funded research projects

      Promoting Study of the Asian Environment across Disciplines at Furman

      Over the summer of 2013, the researcher will be focusing on developing the Furman LIASE Faculty Fellows curriculum and writing the Luce grant due in early August. This project will bring 14 faculty members from seven disciplines (6 natural scientists and 8 social science/humanities specialists) together for an intensive LIASE Faculty Fellows Workshop followed by a two-week study tour in China.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • China in Search of Sustainability - May X 2011
      • PSC 227 Chinese Environmental Politics (course approved, but never taught on campus)
      • Issues in Chinese Politics: The Environment (taught for Fall in China 2009, six-week course)
      • World Politics
      • Politics of China
      • Politics of Asia
      • Social Justice and Democratization in China
      • The Politics of Conflict and Violence in China
      • FYW Debunking Myths of China

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