Matthew Riss works with Professor Lionel Jensen to research contemporary Chinese social and economic problems. For example, in the past Riss and Professor Jensen have investigated the spread of Chinese Confucius Institutes into the United States. Currently, Riss is researching religious persecution of Christians and Muslims in mainland China. Additionally, he investigates the current state of the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s massive worldwide infrastructure project. This undertaking has massive social and environmental impacts. As an environmental engineer, Riss is interested in the ecological implications of the BRI and how it is and will affect the natural world.
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.