CLFP Fellows

2020–21 Fellows

NBR and the independent Advisory Council are pleased to announce the 2020–21 CLFP Fellows. The four fellows will be devoting one year to intensive Chinese language training at an institution of their choice in China or Taiwan. After returning from the year of language training, these fellows will resume their PhD programs, while continuing to build their Chinese language skills and using Chinese language scholarship in their studies and doctoral research.


Tiffany Barron

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Chinese Language Program: National Cheng Kung University Chinese Language Center

Tiffany Barron is a PhD student in politics at Princeton University, where her research interests lie at the border of comparative politics and international relations. She is currently interested in how China understands the link between its internal and external security and how this understanding influences its treatment of NGOs. Prior to beginning her PhD, she studied political science and Chinese as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College before getting an MA in international relations at the University of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys reading, salsa dancing, and playing guitar.

Benjamin Kletzer

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Benjamin Kletzer is a PhD candidate in modern Chinese history at the University of California, San Diego. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he earned a BA in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and spent three years working as a kindergarten teacher in Beijing. His research focuses on the development of railways in the People’s Republic of China, highlighting the role of the railway working class in constructing a modern industrial nation. His research combines archival history, oral history interviews, and economic analytics to understand how railways contributed to China’s development. Outside of academics, he enjoys railroad photography, rowing, hiking, and traveling.

Adam B. Lee

JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Adam B. Lee is a PhD candidate in China studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His current research interests include Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, cross-strait relations, and East Asian maritime security issues. His dissertation research focuses on China’s policy of deliberate ambiguity with regard to the substance and scope of its South China Sea claims. He received his BA in political science and Asian studies from Williams College and his MA in East Asian studies from Stanford University.

Winslow Robertson

IESE BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF NAVARRA

Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Winslow Robertson is a PhD student in the Managing People in Organizations Department of IESE Business School at the University of Navarra. His research focuses on the decision-making structure of Chinese provincial state-owned enterprises as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. Prior to IESE Business School, he was the founder and managing member of Cowries and Rice, a China-Africa strategic consultancy. He also worked at Morgan Stanley, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Latin American Studies Center. He earned his MA in West African history from Syracuse University and his BA in the same subject from James Madison University.


2019–20 Fellows


Wesley Hill

TULANE UNIVERSITY

Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Wesley Hill is a PhD student in Political Development at Tulane University, where his research focuses on the many facets of Sino-African relations. Having received a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a double major with a focus on diplomatic history, Mr. Hill has opted to pursue a PhD to contribute to understandings of Sino-African and Sino-U.S. relations. His dissertation aims to add nuance to discussions of Sino-African relations by utilizing Chinese sources and perspectives on the mechanisms of interaction between Chinese and African state actors.

Haemin Jee

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center

Haemin Jee is a PhD student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University. Her research interests lie in comparative politics, with a regional focus on China. She examines public opinion, with an emphasis on how government policy can shape citizens’ incentives and opinions. Ms. Jee graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Political Science. Born in South Korea, she moved to the United States at the age of six. Outside of research, she enjoys reading novels and traveling.

Evan Jones

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK

Chinese Language Program: ICLP at National Taiwan University

Evan Jones is a PhD student in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before coming to Maryland, he earned a BA in International Relations and minored in Mandarin at Oakland University. A China scholar by training and a mathematician at heart, Mr. Jones combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to better understand the economic and media dimensions of China’s influence and how individuals and governments react to the country’s growing presence in their economies and politics. Mr. Jones has studied and conducted fieldwork in Nanjing, China. Beyond academics, he enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking the great outdoors, and playing guitar.

Dexter Lensing

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center (Fall 2019) and CET Harbin Program (Spring 2020)

Dexter Lensing is a PhD student in Political Science at Georgia State University. He received his BA in Political Science from Boise State University. His current research interests include foreign NGOs (INGOs) that operate in China and Chinese foreign policy.

Sarah Sklar

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Chinese Language Program: IUP Chinese Center (Fall 2019) and Middlebury Kunming Program (Spring 2020)

Sarah Sklar is a PhD student in Political Science at Boston University and a predoctoral research fellow at the Pardee School’s Global Development Policy Center. She studies global development and international political economy, with a particular focus on politics and economics in China. Her dissertation research looks at local-central government relations in China and how they influence Belt and Road Initiative projects. Ms. Sklar also uses network analysis to examine global trade and financial networks and China’s role within them. She received her BA in Development Studies from Brown University and worked in international education before attending graduate school.

Nelson Yang

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN

Chinese Language Program: ICLP at National Taiwan University

Nelson Yang is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. His research focuses on the impact of data and finance technologies at the Hong Kong–Shenzhen border. He completed his MA in 2018, in which he focused on the transformations of identity and labor mediated by mobile wallets. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Yang worked in public health and community organizing with Asian American, LGBTQ, and youth communities in Boston. He received his BA from Wesleyan University, where he majored in Anthropology and minored in Spanish. Other areas of intellectual interest include theory, pedagogy, and descriptive writing.