Eisenman, Joshua | LBJ School of International Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • 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’s (马佳士) research focuses on the political economy of China's development and its foreign relations with the United States and the developing world—particularly Africa. His work has been published in top academic journals including World Development, Development and Change, Journal of Contemporary China and Cold War History, and in popular outlets such as Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy. His views have been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist and The New Republic.

Professor Eisenman's newest book, "Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune" (Columbia University Press, 2018), explains how more capital investment and better farming techniques increased agricultural productivity growth in Maoist China. In "China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World" (Routledge, 2018), he worked with Eric Heginbotham to analyze China’s policies toward the developing world. His second book, "China and Africa: A Century of Engagement" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), co-authored with David Shinn, was named one of the top three books about Africa by Foreign Affairs. Their next volume, under advance contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press, will examine the China-Africa political and security relationship.

Professor Eisenman has been a visiting faculty member at Fudan University (Summer 2017), Peking University (Summer 2016), and NYU–Shanghai (2011–12). He was a policy analyst on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (2003–05) and has been Senior Fellow for China Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council since 2006.

Newsworthy

NewsApril 17, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research: April 23, 2019

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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Media MentionMarch 19, 2019
For Africa, Chinese-Built Internet Is Better Than No Internet at All

LBJ Professor Joshua Eisenman says the Trump administration's efforts to counter China's influence in Africa needs follow-through.

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NewsSeptember 27, 2018
LBJ School research on China and work in developing communities published in a top journal

The LBJ School's Joshua Eisenman, Erin Lentz and Raj Patel have published new studies in Development and Change, a top journal in the development economics field from the Institute of Social Studies. One piece looks at how Maoist China's rural collectives siphoned away household savings to invest in the country's capital investments and agricultural production; another examines how international agriculture development tends to ignore or treat as a mystery the division of labor within a household.

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