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November 17, 2022

American and Chinese Perspectives on U.S. Politics

Event Series: U.S.-China People-to-People Diplomacy Series

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As the U.S.-China relationship has grown to be one of the most consequential for international politics, two-way ties have come to take greater space in each country’s domestic political discourse. From China, scholars observe what have become fraught debates about engaging or being “tough on China.” U.S. political divisions appear to be deepening across not only domestic issues but international ones as well. This event brings together American specialists in U.S. politics with Chinese U.S. watchers to discuss trends in the United States and whether their assessments of what is going on in U.S. politics align or diverge.  

This dialogue was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues and the Asian Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service.


Hans Noel is an associate professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His research explores political coalitions, political parties, and ideology, with a focus on the United States. Noel teaches on parties, elections, political history, and political methodology, and he has lectured around the world on the American political system. 

Jamil Scott is an assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, focusing on political behavior, representation, race and ethnicity politics, and gender politics in the United States. She is currently working on her book manuscript in which she seeks to understand Black women’s political emergence in state-level politics.

Sun Zhe is a visiting senior research scholar and co-director of the China Initiative at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the founding director of the Center for U.S.-China Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Sun also served as a senior consultant to the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue and a senior policy adviser to the Office of Taiwan Affairs in the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

Wang Hao is an associate professor at the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Wang’s research interests include U.S. politics and foreign policy, Sino-U.S. relations, and international relations (especially security) of the Asia-Pacific region. 

Evan Medeiros (moderator) is the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow with the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University. Medeiros has in-depth experience in U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific from his time on the National Security Council as director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, and then as special assistant to the president and senior director for Asia under President Barack Obama.