Joshua Eisenman

University of Texas at Austin; Global Ethics Fellow Alumnus; Robert J. Myers Fellow, 2018 and 2019

Joshua Eisenman (马佳士) is assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. Between 2003–2005 he served as a professional policy analyst on the Congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has also worked as fellow at the New America Foundation and assistant director of China studies at the Center for the National Interest (formally The Nixon Center).

Eisenman's second book, China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (University of Pennsylvania Press) coauthored with former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David H. Shinn, was named one of the top three books on Africa in 2012 by Foreign Affairs magazine. In 2007, he co-edited China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the 21st Century (ME Sharpe) with U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Derek J. Mitchell and Eric Heginbotham. His work on Chinese politics and international relations has appeared in The National Interest, Current History, the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal Asia Edition, and Newsweek. Eisenman has lectured at numerous venues around the world, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard University, the Asia Society in Hong Kong, and the Central Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Eisenman holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in East Asian Studies from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

Featured Work

Meeting of leaders at the Belt and Road International Forum, May 2017, Beijing. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roundtable_meeting_of_leaders_at_Belt_and_Road_international_forum.jpg"> Russian Presidential Press & Information Office (CC)</a>

JUN 5, 2019 Podcast

China, Surveillance, and "Belt & Road" with Joshua Eisenman

Just back from China, Sinologist (and fluent Mandarin speaker) Joshua Eisenman discusses the pervasive camera surveillance and facial recognition systems there; the omnipresent power of "...

Detail from book cover.

NOV 2, 2018 Podcast

China Steps Out, with Joshua Eisenman

In this illuminating conversation, China scholar Joshua Eisenman discusses his two latest books: "Red China's Green Revolution," which overturns the conventional wisdom (both in China ...

18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Beijing, November 2012. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:18th_National_Congress_of_the_Communist_Party_of_China.jpg">Dong Fang/Public Domain</a>

AUG 17, 2017 Podcast

Joshua Eisenman on "Chinese National Socialism"

Under Xi Jinping, China is stepping up a crackdown on freedom of expression, including in universities, reports China expert Joshua Eisenman. Is this the beginning ...

USS Denver and the Republic of Korea Navy in the East China Sea. CREDIT: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/us-pacific-command/13472390513">U.S. Pacific Command</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">(CC)</a>

MAY 2, 2017 Podcast

The Coming War with China? The Ethics of Confrontation in the Pacific

Are the United States and China on the brink of war? Can the two nations avoid miscalculation and instead find common ground? Find out what ...

Shanghai Selfie, March 2015. CREDIT: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/uketeecee/22500830257">Terry Chapman</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">(CC)</a>

AUG 19, 2016 Podcast

What the Realities in China Mean for U.S. Policy

A frequent visitor to China, Professor Eisenman is an astute observer of the cataclysmic changes taking place there, from the emptying-out of the countryside to ...

CREDIT: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vhines200/9002153230/" target="_blank">vhines200</a>

JAN 21, 2016 Article

Rethinking U.S. Strategy Towards China

"To improve U.S. policy towards China to avoid, and yet be prepared for, conflict requires going beyond simplistic applications of international relations theory. It ...

L to R: Jiyoung Song, Joshua Eisenman, Zachary Karabell. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni, Carnegie Council

NOV 2, 2015 Podcast

American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody's Century?

Is the American century coming to a close, and if so, what's taking its place? Was there ever an American century to begin with? These ...

African farmer sorts maize. CREDIT: <A HREF="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatesfoundation/5534111628/">Gates Foundation</a>, (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>)

JUN 18, 2012 Podcast

Supply Chains, and China's Interests in Africa

Ambassador David Shinn and NYU Professor Joshua Eisenman discuss China's economic interests in Africa, and the ethical questions these raise. Next comes U.S. hedge ...

CREDIT: <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/guuleed/134333025/">Guled Hussein</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>).

APR 24, 2008 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Innovations: Building a Foundation of Trust

China's presence in Africa is often viewed as part of the scramble for resources, but it also opens the door to U.S.-China cooperation ...

CREDIT: &copy; <a href="http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2009/09/03/world-bank-group-president-robert-b-zoellick-china-day-4">World Bank/Wu Zhiyi</a>.

DEC 12, 2007 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: Can "Responsible Stakeholder" Hold?

Two years ago, Robert Zoellick gave a celebrated speech that urged China to become a "responsible stakeholder" in the international system. This comment has come ...