Research Assistants and Interns

Senior Research Assistants (in alphabetical order)

Mr. Courtland Johnson (USA). Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the Master's in Contemporary China Studies program at 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 Sino-U.S. trade and investment, China's Belt and Road Initiative, and East Asian economic development.

Ms. Michelle Mina Kotani (Japan, USA). Ms. Kotani is a graduate of the International Christian University (Japan) as a Public Policy major with a focus on Sino-Japanese relations. Her research interests include China’s Belt and Road initiative, Sino-Japanese economic cooperation, Japanese and Chinese foreign investment, and US-Japan-China trilateral relations.

Research Interns (in alphabetical order)

Mr. Javier Luque Acevedo (Colombia). Mr. Luque is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University and researches 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).

Ms. Jing Xu (China). Ms. Xu is a Ph.D. candidate 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.