Research fellows

Senior Research Fellows (in alphabetic order)

Lourdes Casanova, Ph.D. Dr. Casanova is Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University and Faculty Fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. In 2014 she was ranked as one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals by Esglobal. She is a co-author of The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), author of Global Latinas: Latin America’s emerging multinationals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and co-author of Innovalatino, Fostering Innovation in Latin America (Ariel, 2011). She is a member of the Latin America Global Agenda Council at the World Economic Forum.

Manochehr Dorraj, Ph.D. Dr. Dorraj, who also serves as a blogger for the Wong MNC Center, is an expert on China's relations with the Middle East, China and Iran, energy, geostrategy, and Islam. He is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of 6 books and more than 75 refereed articles and book chapters, many relating to China and the Middle East, China and Iran, and energy. He has been an invited speaker at the Hudson Institute and the World Bank. He is a frequent commentator on global affairs and Middle East politics and his commentary has appeared in The New York Times, the Economist, the Associated Press, and the Huffington Post. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Yang Jiang, Ph.D. Dr. Jiang is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (Denmark). She does research on the contemporary political economy of China, with a focus on the politics of China’s economic policies. She has broad research interests including Chinese outward investment, overseas infrastructure projects, and state-owned enterprises. She has published in top journals such as the Review of International Political Economy, The Pacific Review, and the Journal of Contemporary China and authored China’s Policymaking for Regional Economic Cooperation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Prior to joining the Danish Institute for International Studies, she was an Associate Professor at the Asia Research Centre of Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark. She obtained her PhD from the Australian National University.

José Luis León-Manríquez, Ph.D. Dr. León-Manríquez is Professor of International and East Asian Studies at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City. He is a specialist in East Asian economies and their connections with Latin America and the Caribbean. He served as a Mexican diplomat for 14 years and serves as an advisor to the Mexican government and international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank and APEC on matters of national security and external economic affairs. He has published ten books, including China Engages Latin America (co-edited with Adrian H. Hearn). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Wei Liang, Ph.D. Dr. Liang, who also serves as Corporate Secretary for the Wong MNC Center, is President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies and a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (US). She is a specialist on Chinese economic decision-making, East Asian regionalism, international trade negotiation, and global trade institutions like the WTO. She has co-authored one book, co-edited one book, and published numerous articles and book chapters. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and has taught in leading programs in the China and the US including Peking University and U.C. Berkeley.

Sophie Meunier, Ph.D. Dr. Meunier is Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Co-Director of the EU Program at Princeton. She is the author and editor of seven books on political economy issues, including Trading Voices: The European Union in International Commercial Negotiations (Princeton University Press, 2005) . In 2014 she edited a special issue of the Asia-Europe Journal on “The Politics of Hosting Chinese Direct Investment in Europe” and published several articles on Chinese OFDI in Europe. She is currently writing a book on the politics of Foreign Direct Investment in the EU, notably the hosting of Chinese investment. Meunier is Chevalier des Palmes Academiques in France.

Hwy-Chang Moon, Ph.D. Dr. Moon currently is a professor in the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University, where he previously served as the Dean. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Business and Economy and has published numerous articles and books on topics relating to Multinational Corporations, Foreign Direct Investment, International Business Strategy, and Economic Development in East Asia with a focus on Korea. He has delivered special lectures at various institutions including the Helsinki School of Economics, Keio University, and Stanford University. Dr. Moon also has consulted for several multinational companies and government entities such as Malaysia, Dubai, Azerbaijan, and the Guangdong Province of China. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Amitendu Palit, Ph.D. Dr. Palit, who also serves as a blogger for the Wong MNC Center, is Senior Research Fellow, Head (Partnerships & Programme) and Programme Lead (Trade and Economics) at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore. He is an economist specialising on international trade policy, regional trade frameworks, business and investment regulations and comparative economic studies. His current research focuses on regulatory frameworks of mega-RTAs such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), impact of mega-RTAs on poor and small economies, and regional value chains in the Asia-Pacific. He has authored two books, while co-authoring one, and editing and co-editing two more. He earned his Ph.D. in International Economics from India's Jawaharlal Nehru University and spent several years in India's Ministry of Finance.

José Augusto Guilhon Albuquerque, Ph.D. Dr. Guilhon Albuquerque is Professor of International Relations, University of São Paulo, Brazil (retired) and currently a Fellow with the Strategic Policies Forum, University of Campinas, Brazil. His research focuses on Brazil-China relations, foreign policy analysis, and regional integration. He founded and chaired the Department of Political Science and the Research Center for International Relations at the University of São Paulo. He has published and edited numerous books and several dozens of scholarly articles in multiple languages and has served in the government at the federal, state, and local levels. He earned a Docteur en Sociologie, Louvain University.

Shujiro Urata is Professor of Economics at the Graduate School Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Faculty Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Research Fellow at the Japanese Centre for Economic Research (JCER), and Senior Research Advisor, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. He is a specialist in international economics, focusing on Asia-Pacific regional economic integration, international trade, and FDI and economic development as well as FDI and trade. His books include Multinationals and Economic Growth in East Asia, Economic Consequences of Globalization, and Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific.

Yu Zheng, Ph.D. Dr. Zheng is a Professor of International Politics at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Before that, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut (US). He is a research associate at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He is the author of Governance and Foreign Investment in China, India, and Taiwan: Credibility, Flexibility and International Business (University of Michigan Press 2014). His research interests include foreign direct investment, business and government relations, state capitalism in China and other emerging markets. He received his Ph.D. from U.C. San Diego (US).

Research Fellows (in alphabetic order)

Benjamin H. Creutzfeldt, Ph.D. (田亚明). Dr. Creutzfeldt lectures on politics and international relations of China and East Asia at Los Andes and Javeriana universities in Bogota, Colombia. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on China’s political and economic relations with Latin America, and edited a Spanish-language book on the trans-Pacific relationship. His research interests include foreign policy analysis, China’s OFDI in Latin America with a special focus on Venezuela, Colombia and Peru, and Chinese MNCs in Latin America.

Matt Ferchen, Ph.D. Dr. Ferchen is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University (China). He is also a resident scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Ferchen’s research and teaching are about the confluence of China’s domestic and international political economy, including debates about the “China Model” of development and China-Latin America economic and political relations. He has published in a variety of academic, policy and media publications in various languages, including the Review of International Political Economy, The National Interest, El Pais, Caixin and Caijing.

Jing Li, Ph.D. Dr. Li is Associate Professor of International Business and Associate Director of the Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada. She received her BA in Economics from Peking University (China) and PhD in Business from Indiana University (USA). Her research interests center around international investment strategies, emerging market multinational enterprises, and management of international joint ventures. She has published over 20 articles in these research areas in leading international business and strategy journals and currently serves as Senior Editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Management.

Kun-chin Lin, Ph.D. Dr. Lin is a University Lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge and Acting Director of the Centre for Rising Powers. He is an associate fellow of The Chatham House, a principal investigator at Energy @ Cambridge, a Collaborating Partner of the Global Biopolitics Research Group at King's College London, and serves on the Frost & Sullivan’s Board of Economic Advisors and the academic board of the Growth, Innovate and Leadership (GIL) University in Malaysia. His research interests include the political economy of China, infrastructure and energy security, industrial policy and labor relations, maritime governance, regulatory diffusion, and regionalism in Asia. He received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley.

H. Richard Nakamura, Ph.D. Dr. Nakamura is Assistant Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), where he teaches International Business and Management and East Asian economies. He has authored various book chapters and articles on foreign direct investment (FDI) and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in Japan and the Baltic Sea Region. His main research interests are FDI and cross-border M&As, with an area focus on East Asia. His current research concerns Chinese outward FDI to Japan and Northern Europe as well as Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations.

Francesca Spigarelli, Ph.D. Dr. Spigarelli is Assistant Professor at the University of Macerata (Italy), where she teaches Economics, Microeconomics, and Economic of Innovation. She is delegate of the Rector for Entrepreneurship and for Technology Transfer and delegate of the College of Law for Research and International cooperation programs. She is coordinator of the 7PF Marie Curie-IRSES project, financed by the European Commission, on "Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable energy and Environmental industries" ("Poreen,” www.unimc.it/poreen). Her main research interests are foreign direct investments, multinational companies from emerging countries (with a specific focus on China), mergers and acquisitions, and small- and medium-enterprises internationalization processes.

Yongjun Zhao, Ph.D. Dr. Zhao is Head of China Affairs and Assistant Professor in Globalization Studies at the University of Groningen. He is also specially-invited Research Fellow at the Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University (China) and Research Fellow at Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (South Africa). He previously served as Institutional and Sustainable Livelihoods/Governance Adviser at the UK Department for International Development. His research focuses on the political-economic, social, institutional and environmental dimensions of international agri-business investments in Africa. He is the author of China’s Disappearing Countryside (Ashgate, 2013).