Matthew Riss works with Professor Lionel Jensen to investigate modern issues in China and East Asia more broadly. Riss and Professor Jensen are currently investigating the effects of COVID-19 in East Asia, especially with respect to the recent rise of authoritarianism in the region. Riss is also working on a senior thesis that will investigate the extent to which COVID-19 had disrupted China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the extent to which COVID-19 has affected Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.
Previously, Riss conducted tsunami research in New Zealand in the summer of 2019. He also studied abroad in Galway, Ireland in the spring of 2020. Riss has been awarded the Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes for the 2020/2021 academic year, through which he is currently investigating periodic trends of thorium-nitrate salts and properties of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
I am currently interested in research regarding China and its aggressive foreign policy, manifested in the One Belt One Road Initiative. China's environmental policy and regulation are also of interest to me, as is Chinese language and the environment in general.
My current research revolves around China but is made up of many parts. I do research on the current state of the One Belt One Road Initiative as well as research on current domestic events in China. For example, I have done research on the persecution of the Muslim Uighur people in Xinjiang, China.