Eisenman, Joshua | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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 Chinese politics and foreign relations with the United States and the developing world—Africa in particular.

Dr. Eisenman’s forthcoming book, "Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune" (Columbia University Press, 2018), applies economic and political theories to explain the political economy of rural China during the Mao era. Working with Eric Heginbotham, has he also co-edited "China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World" (Routledge, 2018), which analyses China’s strategies in various regions of the developing world and evaluates their effectiveness. Dr. Eisenman's second book, "China and Africa: A Century of Engagement" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), co-authored with David H. Shinn, was named one of the top three books about Africa by Foreign Affairs. He is also co-editor of "China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the 21st Century" (M.E. Sharpe, 2007). 

Dr. Eisenman work has appeared in numerous publications including Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street JournalForeign PolicyThe National InterestCurrent History, and Journal of Contemporary China. He has been a visiting faculty member at Fudan University (2017), Peking University (2016), and NYU-Shanghai (2011-12), and served as a policy analyst on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and as a fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and at the New America Foundation.


NewsMay 29, 2018
LBJ Professor Joshua Eisenman Presents Research and Conducts Public Diplomacy for the U.S. in China

Amid headlines speculating on the state of U.S.-China relations, Joshua Eisenman, an assistant professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, spent three weeks (April 19- May 5) in China speaking about his recent books and conducting public diplomacy on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

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NewsJanuary 26, 2018
LBJ Professor Joshua Eisenman, MIT Research Scientist Eric Heginbotham Publish their Book on China's Major-power Engagement in the Developing World

Beijing’s objectives towards a developing world is the focus of China Steps Out, a new book co-edited by Joshua Eisenman, an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and Eric Heginbotham, a principal research scientist at MIT’s Center for International Studies.

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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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