Johns Hopkins SAIS Names New American Co-Director of Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China

March 9, 2016

Washington, DC and Nanjing, China—The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has named David Davies as the incoming American Co-Director of The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, in Nanjing, China, effective July 2016.
Davies is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the East Asian Studies Program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His deep knowledge of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center includes his time there as a student in 1997-1998, a visiting scholar in 2006, and the interim American Co-Director in 2011. He has also served as director of the Duke University Study in China program in Beijing. 
Davies holds a PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. He has extensive research and work experience in East Asia with a primary emphasis on China. For the past 25 years, he has published on a wide range of topics, from China’s history and social memory of the late Mao period to the corporate culture in Chinese Walmart stores and the rise of celebrity entrepreneurs. As a sociocultural anthropologist, many of his classes connect students directly to the history and society of China as one of the most influential places in our contemporary world.
“David Davies will be a strong bridge between the past and the future of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and we are delighted that he is joining us later this year as the American Co-Director," said China Studies Director David M. Lampton. "Dr. Cornelius (Neil) Kubler has guided The Hopkins-Nanjing Center in this role since 2014 and will leave the Center in a strong position, bringing us through important milestones including our 30th anniversary before returning to Williams College this summer."‎
Established in 1986, The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) is the longest-running academic partnership between the U.S. and China and is administered jointly by Nanjing University and Johns Hopkins University. For thirty years, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has been at the forefront of efforts to build ties between the U.S. and China and is committed to free and open academic exchange. Today, the HNC houses an uncensored research library considered one of China’s top collections on international affairs featuring more than 120,000 volumes in English and Chinese, 400 periodicals, and the electronic assets of both Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.
Each year, the HNC provides graduate students from the United States, China and other countries with the opportunity to live and study international relations together in a bilingual community. Its interdisciplinary curriculum, the only graduate program of its kind, emphasizes “target language” content courses—American and international students take the majority of their classes in Chinese, while Chinese students study mostly in English. Students at the HNC can pursue a one-year graduate certificate or a two-year master’s degree in international studies, with concentrations in Chinese Studies, American Studies, International Politics, International Economics, International and Comparative Law, and Energy, Resources, and Environment.
For more information about The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, including information on its 30th Anniversary celebration in June featuring a keynote address by Madeleine Albright, visit:

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016