Man to Lead IU Chinese Politics and Business Center

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The Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business has named Joyce Man director. She will succeed Scott Kennedy, who has led the center for the last eight years. December 31, 2014

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (December 19, 2014) - Lee Feinstein, Inaugural Dean of the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) at Indiana University, has appointed IU Professor Joyce Man as Director of the RCCPB, effective January 1, 2015.

Joyce Man has been on the faculty of IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 1992. From 2007 to 2013, she was Founding Director of the Peking University Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, and she is still a Professor of Economics in Peking University's College of Urban and Environmental Sciences. Man is a leading authority on China's land policies, housing reform, and property taxes. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics at Johns Hopkins University.

Professor Man will be succeeding the RCCPB's founding Director Scott Kennedy, who is taking a leave of absence from IU in 2015 and will begin working at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, in January. There he will be Deputy Director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and Director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy.

During Kennedy's almost 8-year tenure, the RCCPB's mission has been to promote research and engagement on issues that meet at the intersection of Chinese politics and the global world of business. The center has raised almost $800,000 in external funding, carried out broad-based initiatives on global governance, US-China business cooperation, and philanthropy, and operated a year-round office in Beijing, first at the University of International Business & Economics (UIBE) and later within the IU China Office located in the Tsinghua Science Park. As part of these efforts, the center has hosted over 40 colloquia, a dozen conferences, and more than 10 roundtables involving scholars, policymakers, business leaders, and the non-profit sector in China, the US, and elsewhere. It has issued 36 working papers, one book, and a major policy report, and has other publications in the pipeline. It has also provided support for journal articles independently issued by those experts involved in its projects.

The center will no doubt gradually undergo changes and evolve, as it should, but in the near term our community can expect a high degree of continuity. The center will still be involved in carrying out the Initiative on Philanthropy through support from the Ford and Luce Foundations, and it will continue to host events in Indiana and Beijing. The center currently has 15 IU faculty serving as senior associates, an excellent staff led by Center Coordinator Roy Hooper, and a 12-member advisory board from industry and academia who provide critical guidance. The RCCPB will also continue to host Visiting Practitioner-in-Residence Zhang Xingxiang for the first half of 2015.

Professor Man will also assume Kennedy's role as Academic Director of the IU China Office in Beijing, effective January 1, 2015.

The RCCPB is deeply grateful for all the support of its partner individuals and organizations, and it looks forward to strengthening these ties and building new relationships in the years ahead.

Source: The Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business