Carla Park Freeman

Carla Park Freeman, PhD

Associate Director of the China Studies Program
Associate Research Professor and Executive Director of the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute
China Studies

Rome 609


  • Burma
  • China
  • Korea, North
  • Korea, South
  • Governance
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • Sustainable Development
  • International Political Economy
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French

Background and Education

Carla Freeman is Director of the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Associate Director of the China program at SAIS, and Associate research professor in China Studies.  She conducts research on Chinese foreign and domestic policy with a current focus on regional dynamics, including China and its periphery, nontraditional security, and China's role in international organizations.  Her career has included leadership as an Asian analyst for a political risk consultancy, directing the program in civil society and community sustainability at The Johnson Foundation, and various academic positions.  Her PhD is in International relations and Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS; her BA is from Yale University. Recent books include edited volumes on China and North Korea (Palgrave, 2015) and China and Developing Countries (Edward Elgar, 2016). Her current research is on China and the global commons.

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Spring 2014 
Severe environm...
Severe environmental degradation threatens China's future economic development and affects other societies globally. Through the study of key natural resource sectors, this course examines the ways in which the Chinese state has managed these sectors, emphasizing the interaction between the central government and localities. Also considers the roles played by such non-state actors as NGOs, ethnic groups and individual citizens and addresses the domestic and international political implications of the environmental challenges China faces.