• Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • B.A. in East Asian Studies, The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • Development Policy
  • International Affairs and Diplomacy

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 PolicyThe National InterestCurrent 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).


NewsJuly 18, 2017
Pioneering Exchange: LBJ Student Explores China as Part of New Exchange Program with Fudan University

Each year, LBJ School students travel the world as part of a variety of foreign exchange partnerships. Kirt Smith (MGPS '17) spent a summer in Shanghai at Fudan University's School of International Relations and Public Affairs to deepen his knowledge of Chinese politics and experience with the Mandarin language.

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NewsMay 5, 2017
Policy Research Institute Provides LBJ School Faculty Opportunities for Worldwide Research

Policy Research Institute funding will grant 12 LBJ School faculty members the opportunity to pursue important research projects on complex, relevant policy issues.

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Media MentionJanuary 9, 2017
China’s New Silk Road Is Getting Muddy

Joshua Eisenman writes about China's Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

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