Research assistants

Senior Research Assistants (in alphabetical order)

Mr. Courtland Johnson (USA). Mr. Johnson is a second-year M.A. student with the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University (China). He earned his Bachelor Degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University (USA). His main interests are in East Asian economic development, Sino-U.S. trade and investment, and China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative.

Mr. Javier Luque Acevedo (Colombia) is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University and is researching Chinese outward FDI in Latin America. He has over 14 years of experience in finance and consulting in the private and public sectors and has managerial experience working with teams in Colombia, Jamaica, and Venezuela. Since 2012 he has been a partner of an investment banking firm advising Chinese and Colombian firms on cross-border investment opportunities. He earned his MBA at Thunderbird School of Global Management (USA).

Research Assistants (in alphabetical order)

Ms. Jing Xu (China). Ms. Xu is a 1st-year Ph.D. student with the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University (China). Her main research interests are Chinese foreign political and economic policy, multinational corporations, globalization, international security and conflict, and American foreign political and economic policy.

Mr. Lee Hamilton (USA). Mr. Hamilton is a second-year M.A. student in International Relations at San Francisco State University (USA) and serves as President of the International Relations Council. He earned an MBA at the University of Hawaii and an MA in Education at Cal State San Bernardino. He has over 25 years business experience and 30 years teaching experience. He worked for the US Government in South Korea and frequently travels to Singapore. Academically, he has strong interests in the political economy of MNCs in East Asia generally and China’s “Maritime Silk Road Initiative” particularly.