Joshua Eisenman ( 马 佳 士 ) is associate professor of politics at the Keough School of Global Affairs and a senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council. His research focuses on the political economy of China's development and its foreign relations with the United States and the developing world – particularly Africa. 

Eisenman’s newest book, Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune (Columbia University Press, 2018), received the 2019 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award honorable mention. In China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World (Routledge, 2018), he worked with Eric Heginbotham to analyze China’s policies toward the developing world. Eisenman’s second book, China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), co-authored with David Shinn, was named one of the top three books about Africa by Foreign Affairs. The book’s updated Chinese edition was published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press in 2020. Their next book examining the China-Africa political and security relationship will be published next year. 

Previously, Eisenman was assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin (2014-2019), and he has been a visiting professor at Peking University, Fudan University, and NYU–Shanghai. He earned an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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  • Received honorable mention for the 2019 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award