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Andrew Mertha Joins Johns Hopkins SAIS as Director of SAIS China

The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has appointed Dr. Andrew Mertha as Director of China Studies and Director of SAIS China, which brings together all academic programming on China throughout the school. Mertha will also hold the title of George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies. 


"It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Andrew Mertha to the Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty," said Dean Vali Nasr. "Dr. Mertha is a leading scholar of Chinese and Cambodian politics whose research on political institutions, foreign policy process, and the exercise of power is highly regarded by eminent academics and policymakers alike. We look forward to his academic leadership on China, especially as the subject of Chinese economic and political transformations continues to be of utmost relevance to the global order," said Nasr.  


Mertha is the author of three books including The Politics of Piracy: Intellectual Property in Contemporary China (Cornell University Press, 2005), China’s Water Warriors: Citizen Action and Policy Change (Cornell University Press, 2008), and Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979 (Cornell University Press, 2014). Previously, Mertha was a professor of Government at Cornell University and an assistant professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.


Mertha serves on the Editorial Committee for the Journal of Comparative Politics, The China Quarterly, and Asian Survey. He is vice president of the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and an alumnus of the NCUSCR Public Intellectuals Program, 2008 to 2010. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. 

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A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. The school offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 


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