Evan 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. His previous work examined the bureaucratic politics of China’s behavior in the South China Sea and has appeared in Foreign Policy Analysis and edited volumes. Mr. Jones has studied and conducted fieldwork in Nanjing, China. Beyond academics, he enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking the great outdoors, and playing guitar.