Affiliated Researchers

Bo Kong
Research Associate (non-resident)
Bo Kong is the ConocoPhillips Petroleum Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. He is also Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Senior Associate in the Energy and National Security Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), member of the Advisory Board for the Revenue Watch Institute, member of the International Editorial Board for the Universiti of Kebangsaan Malaysia’ journal—JEBAT: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics, and Strategic Studies, and member of the ChinaFAQs Expert Group. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D from the Johns Hopkins University SAIS. He is the author of China’s International Petroleum Policy (Santa Barbara, California: Praeger Security International, 2010).

Tabitha Grace Mallory
Research Associate (non-resident)
Tabitha Grace Mallory (马碧珊) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. She specializes in Chinese foreign and environmental policy, and is currently working on a book manuscript on China and global fisheries governance. Dr. Mallory also conducts research on China-Africa relations, with a focus on the environmental aspects of that relationship. Dr. Mallory completed her Ph.D. with distinction in international relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and previously worked as a research associate at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), an organization dedicated to informing and strengthening U.S. policy toward Asia.

Susana Moreira
Research Associate (non-resident)
Susana Moreira holds a PhD in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and works as an Extractive Industries Specialist at the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy, Oil, Gas, and Mining unit (SEGOM). She is also a contributing author to the Freedom of the World Index and is involved in several research projects looking at Chinese NOCs presence overseas, including the “Resource Diplomacy Under Hegemony” project, sponsored by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her latest publication was “Learning from Failure: China’s Overseas Oil Investments” published by the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs in 2013.

Rex Uzonna Ukaejiofo
Research Associate (non-resident)
Rex Ukaejiofo holds a PhD in Rural development from the China Agricultural University, Beijing. He was recently a 2014 visiting scholar at the Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Rex is currently consulting short-term for the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC. His research focuses on Chinese Investments in African Agriculture.

Cheng Cheng
Ph.D. Student Associate (non-resident)
Cheng Cheng is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Nanjing University, China. He graduated from Hopkins Nanjing Center and then spent one year as a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins SAIS for his doctoral research. Currently working on his dissertation about China Africa Development Cooperation, Cheng’s long term plan is to introduce disciplinary research of International Development into China.

Tang Xiaoyang
Research Associate (non-resident)
Tang Xiaoyang is an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is the author of China-Africa Economic Diplomacy (2014) and has published extensively on Asia-Africa relations. His research focuses on the impact of Chinese engagement on Africa’s modernization and on the construction of global value chains.

Yun Sun
Research Associate (non-resident)

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Yun Sun is a senior associate with the East Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center and a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. From 2011 to early 2014, she was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program where she focused on the Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Yun was the China Analyst for International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing on China’s foreign policy towards conflict countries and developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on U.S.- Asia relations in Washington DC for five years. Yun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Josh Maiyo
Research Associate (non-resident)

Josh Maiyo is adjunct lecturer in International Political Economy at Webster University, Leiden campus in the Netherlands and a PhD Fellow at the VU University Amsterdam where he is a recipient of the Netherlands Scientific Council science for development (NWO-WOTRO) scholarship. His research examines transnational dimensions and local dynamics of large-scale land deals, agrarian change and rural development in central Uganda with case studies of Chinese, Indian and Norwegian owned farms. He has also carried out investigations of Chinese government and private engagement in Uganda’s agriculture sector. He holds an MSc degree in Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam and an MPhil in African Studies from the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. Previously, Josh was a lecturer of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam where he taught politics of development and worked as a journalist in Kenya and the Netherlands.

Sérgio Chichava
Research Associate (non-resident)

sergio-chichavaSérgio Chichava is a senior researcher at the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), Mozambique and Lecturer in Political Sociology and Political Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), also in Mozambique. He obtained his PhD from Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux, France and he has held fellowships at Oxford University (2008) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (2013). He works on Mozambique’s relations with rising powers, particularly on China and Brazil. His most recent publications is  China and Mozambique. From Comrades to Capitalists (Jacana 2014) co-edited with Chris Alden. Sérgio has also written policy briefs for SAIS-CARI and the Future Agriculture Consortium.


Nama Ouattara
Research Associate (non-resident)

nama-ouattaraNama Ouattara is an expert in Development Economics with a concentration in South-South cooperation. She received her Masters from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, and her Ph.D. in Economics from University Paris-Sud. He research focuses on how African Countries can capitalize on their partnerships with China, with the aim of evaluating policies. Nama also has five years’ experience teaching Macroeconomics, Sustainable Development and International Trade at the graduate and undergraduate level. She has experience working for national and international institutions including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mali, France’s Agence Française de Développement, and the International Monetary Fund. Nama is currently a professional lecturer at George Washington University while pursuing research on China-Africa relations.