Joshua Eisenman (马佳士) is an assistant professor at the LBJ School and senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council. His research focuses on Chinese domestic politics and foreign relations with an emphasis on the political economy of Chinese development, and China’s relations with the U.S. and developing countries—Africa in particular.
Eisenman’s book Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune (Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2018) applies economic and political theories to explain the political economy of rural China under during the Mao era. He has co-edited China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World (Routledge, forthcoming 2018) and China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe). Eisenman's second book, China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (University of Pennsylvania Press), was named one of the top three books about Africa in 2012 by Foreign Affairs.
Eisenman has published in Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Current History and Journal of Contemporary China, among others. He has been a visiting faculty member at Fudan University, Peking University and NYU-Shanghai. Between 2003–2005, he served as a policy analyst on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has also been a fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the New America Foundation and was assistant director of China studies at the Center for the National Interest (formally The Nixon Center).