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The center brings together students and scholars at Duke Kunshan University, Wuhan University, and other institutions across China and around the world to pursue a common scholarly interest in contemporary Chinese affairs. Many of the center’s activities are open to the broader community.

Two social scientists with primary expertise on contemporary China—Yu Wang at Duke Kunshan University and Melanie Manion at Duke University—together direct the center and coordinate its activities.

Yu Wang

Assistant Professor of Social Science, Duke Kunshan University

Yu Wang is an Assistant Professor of Social Science at Duke Kunshan University.

She received her BS and MS in Sociology from Renmin University and her MS and PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017). Her research focuses on the role of intermarriage and individual achievement as pathways to social mobility in China during a period of rapid economic, social, and demographic change, intergenerational mobility in China, and sexuality and reproductive behavior in the US. She currently studies the interaction between demographic changes and assortative mating in contemporary China. Her articles have appeared in journals, such as Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, American Journal of Public Health, and Contraception.

Melanie Manion

Vor Broker Family Professor of Political Science, Duke University

Melanie Manion is Vor Broker Family Professor of Political Science at Duke University.

She studied philosophy and political economy at Peking University in the late 1970s, was trained in Far Eastern studies at McGill University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and earned her PhD in political science at the University of Michigan (1989). Her research on contemporary China focuses on issues of governance, bureaucracy, transparency, and information. She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and American Council of Learned Societies. Her most recent book, Information for Autocrats (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines representation in Chinese local congresses. Previous publications include Retirement of Revolutionaries in China (Princeton University Press, 1993), Corruption by Design (Harvard University Press, 2004), and Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (Cambridge University Press, 2010, edited with Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, and Kenneth Lieberthal). Her articles have appeared in journals including American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and China Quarterly.