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Madelyn Ross

Associate Director of China Studies and Executive Director, SAIS China

  • Campus Location: Washington DC


Madelyn Ross is the Associate Director of China Studies and Executive Director of SAIS China, which includes the Hopkins-Nanjing Center partnership and the SAIS dual degree program with Tsinghua University.  She joined SAIS in 2015 as Washington Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Ross has worked for 30 years in China-related positions at education and non-profit organizations.  She was Director of China Initiatives and the Global Consortium at George Mason University prior to coming to SAIS, and spent nine years at The US-China Business Council, as editor of The China Business Review and Executive Director of The China Business Forum.

Ross holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, magna cum laude. She did graduate work in Chinese at Fudan University in Shanghai in 1979-1980, where she was one of the first American students to study in China following normalization of US-China relations. She has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei.