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 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.


NewsSeptember 6, 2018
Three studies from the LBJ School appear in leading development journal

Three new studies from the LBJ School appeared in the leading peer-reviewed journal World Development. The studies explore climate security vulnerability, the relationship between food insecurity and domestic violence, and the long-term effects of political repression on economic performance.

In harm's way: Climate security vulnerability in Asia

By Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs

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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 toward 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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