Minxin Pei

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Minxin Pei (Chinese: 裴敏欣; pinyin: Péi Mǐnxīn; born 1957 in Shanghai) is a Chinese-American political scientist and expert on governance in the People’s Republic of China, U.S.-Asia relations, and democratization in developing nations. He is currently the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College and is a non-resident senior fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He was formerly a senior associate with the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Pei earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the Shanghai International Studies University, and a master’s degree and PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. In addition, he holds an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a George R. Roberts Fellow and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
Pei has been a contributor to a number of periodicals, including The China Quarterly, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, China Today, The Diplomat, and Foreign Affairs, and a frequent guest commentator on CNN, and National Public Radio, among others.
In 2008, he was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Prospect magazine.


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