Team & Authors

Team & Authors

Carla Freeman

Carla Freeman is Director of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where she is concurrently Associate Research Professor in the China Studies program. A second generation “China hand,” she has lived between the United States and Asia throughout her life. A specialist in Chinese international and domestic policy, including environmental and regional policy, she has advised corporations and government agencies.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins SAIS, she served as Program Officer for civil society and community development with an emphasis on sustainability at The Johnson Foundation. Prior to that, she was a political risk consultant with an Asia-wide portfolio that included China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She had several appointments early in her academic career, including directing the Global Studies and International Affairs program at Alverno College and being a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in addition to academic positions at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Beloit College. She was also a Peace Scholar with the United States Institute of Peace and, most recently, was a visiting fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center.

She completed her B.A. in Southeast Asia and History at Yale University, a certificate in Chinese language studies at Beijing Foreign Languages University, a certificate in political science from Sciences Po in Paris, and certificates in Chinese from Beijing Foreign Languages University and the Taipei Language Institute. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS, writing her dissertation on the political economy of reform in China and the challenges posed to its heavily industrialized Northeast region.

Current projects include a book with the working title, China and the Global Commons, and edited volumes on China and developing countries; China's international relations; and Chinese perspectives on North Korea. Recent publications include a collaborative study of China's carbon market development and several pieces on China's international relations. She also serves as editor-in-chief of Asia Perspective.


Gregory Chin

Dr. Gregory Chin is Associate Professor of Political Economy at York University, Canada. As a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of FPI, he is co-leading the Project on “Emerging Global Governance” with FPI Executive Director Carla Freeman, a joint initiative with the journal Global Policy. When visiting Johns Hopkins SAIS (Washington DC), he will also conduct research on China’s evolving relations with the global multilateral institutions.
At York University, he directs the Research Program on “Asia, the BRICS and the Emerging World” at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR). He is also currently a Research Fellow of the Center for International Political Economy at Peking University.
Dr. Chin is on the International Advisory Board of the journal Review of International Political Economy, and on the Editorial Board of the journal Global Governance.
He is currently finishing a book manuscript on Renminbi internationalization, and has published widely on China's international financial and monetary affairs, Asian regionalism, the BRICS, and global governance reform. He was recently a member of research projects on China’s currency choices, and the BRICS rising powers and the global order, funded by Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK. He contributed to the project of the Asian Development Bank Institute (Tokyo) on the “Political Economy of Asian Regionalism” (2010-2014). He was the inaugural China Research Chair at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI, 2010-2013), and founding Director of CIGI’s Global Development Program (2011-2013), which ranks on UPenn's “Global Go-To Think Tank Rankings.” At CIGI, he co-led a project on the “BRICS, Asia and International Monetary Reform” (2010-2013), partnered with the Asian Development Bank and Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
Prior to joining York University in 2006, Gregory Chin was First Secretary (Development) at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 2003 to 2006, where he was responsible for Canadian foreign aid to China and North Korea, and liaising with bilateral and multilateral donors, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the special agencies of the United Nations. From 2000 to 2003, he served in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the Canadian International Development Agency.