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Andrew Mertha

Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation

George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies

Director of the China Studies Program

  • amertha1@jhu.edu
  • +1 (202) 663-7720
  • Campus Location: Washington DC
  • Office Location: Rome 612

About

Andrew Mertha is the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation, George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, and Director of the China Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is formerly a professor of Government at Cornell University and an assistant professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mertha specializes in Chinese bureaucratic politics, political institutions, and the domestic and foreign policy process. More recently, he has extended his research interests to include Cambodia. Mertha has written three books, 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). He has articles appearing in The China Quarterly, Comparative Politics, International Organization, Issues & Studies, CrossCurrents, and Orbis. He has also contributed chapters to several edited volumes, including Engaging the Law in China: State, Society and Possibilities for Justice (edited by Neil Diamant, Stanley Lubman, and Kevin O’Brien, Stanford University Press, 2005); China’s Foreign Trade Policy: the New Constituencies (edited by Ka Zeng, Routledge, 2007); and State and Society in 21st Century China, 2nd Edition (edited by Peter Gries and Stanley Rosen, Routledge, 2010). His edited volume, May Ebihara’s Svay: A Cambodian Village, with an Introduction by Judy Ledgerwood (Cornell University Press/Cornell Southeast Asia Program Press) was published in 2018.

He has provided public testimony for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, briefed the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and has accompanied a US congressional staff delegation to Beijing, Xinjiang, and Shanghai to discuss issues of terrorism and narcotics trafficking. He has appeared on National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Voice of America. Mertha’s comments have appeared in Time, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Cambodia Daily.

Mertha is 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, 2008-2010. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan and is originally from New York City.

Expertise

Regions

  • China
  • Cambodia

Topics

  • Bureaucracy
  • Institutions
  • Leninist Party Systems
  • Policy Making and Implementation
  • US-China Relations

Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Khmer

In the News

Don't expect Biden to be easy.

Andrew Mertha interviewed on Bloomberg Markets and Finance, 9/22

China’s economic recovery accelerates.

Andrew Mertha interviewed on Bloomberg Markets and Finance, 9/15

Breaking down Capitol Hill’s China fixation.

Andrew Mertha quoted in National Journal, 6/11

The China jackpot.

Andrew Mertha quoted in The Wire China, 5/24

Foreign policy experts call for end to hate crimes against Asian American community: Readers

Deborah Bräutigam and Andrew Mertha cited in USA Today, 4/15

Coronavirus: The high stakes propelling the U.S.-China blame game.

Andrew Mertha quoted in South China Morning Post, 3/20

Coronavirus: The high stakes propelling the U.S.-China blame game.

Andrew Mertha quoted in South China Morning Post, 3/20

Yung Moeun, Pol Pot’s trusted aide and Beijing envoy, dies at 73.

Andrew Mertha quoted on Voice of America, 3/16

Yung Moeun, Pol Pot’s trusted aide and Beijing envoy, dies at 73.

Andrew Mertha quoted on Voice of America, 3/16