The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
Blaine Johnson serves as a Nonresident Fellow at NBR in her personal capacity. Her research interests include energy innovation and decarbonization; PRC overseas economic activities and climate impact; Taiwan’s democratic governance and resilience to political, economic, and security risks; sanctions in response to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) human rights violations; and the CCP’s role in global governance and proliferation of authoritarianism.
Johnson’s professional experience includes roles as an energy advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, as a management consultant in the Federal and Climate & Sustainability practice areas of the Boston Consulting Group, and as the China and Asia Policy Analyst on the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress (CAP). At CAP, Johnson conducted research on PRC energy and technology sector policies to develop strategy and policy recommendations for the U.S. government, co-authoring publications on Beijing’s global governance ambitions, Taiwan, and opportunities for U.S.-China energy and environmental cooperation.
Johnson holds a master’s degree in public administration from Fudan University’s School of International Relations and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Mandarin from Dartmouth College. She is an alumna of the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship for Mandarin. Also in her personal capacity, Johnson chairs Young Professionals in Foreign Policy’s Chinese Language Discussion Group to help members hone their professional Mandarin language skills and subject matter vocabulary. Johnson is a Nonresident Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)