Staff

Director: Deborah Bräutigam, Ph.D.
Professor of Comparative Politics and Director
International Development Program (IDEV)
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

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A leading expert on China in Africa, Professor Bräutigam is the author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2010; Chinese version published by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press) and Chinese Aid and African Development: Exporting Green Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 1998). She is also co-editor of Taxation and State-Building: Capacity and Consent (Cambridge University Press, 2008) as well as numerous articles published in academic journals and public affairs media. Professor Brautigam regularly advises international agencies and governments on China-Africa economic engagement. Her latest book, Will Africa Feed China?, will be published in October 2015 by Oxford University Press.

 

Janet Eom
Research Manager
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Before joining SAIS-CARI, Janet Eom researched the impact on society, environment, and labor relations of Chinese activity in Africa at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. She has worked on China-Africa issues in the Strategy and Policy Unit of the Office of the President in Rwanda and conducted field research on the role of Chinese business and investment in Rwandan economic development. She studied Mandarin at Peking University in China and holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University.

 

Jyhjong Hwang
Senior Research Assistant
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Jyhjong Hwang is the new Senior Research Assistant for the China-Africa Research Initiative. She is responsible for leading the China-Africa finance database research team and condutcting quantitative and qualitative studies of China-Africa trade and finance. Jyhjong graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS with a M.A. in International Economics and International Development. From 2010 to 2012, she was a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Namibia. Her research focuses on Chinese official subsidized loans to African countries and Sino-Africa trade, particularly of agricultural products. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University in English and International Relations.

 

 

Ying Xia
Research Assistant
Ying Xia

Ying Xia is a third year S.J.D student at Harvard Law School, writing her thesis on the development of Chinese multi-national corporations in Africa. Her areas of interest include business-government relations, international law and legal anthropology. Ying has a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Law and B.S. in Economics from Peking University.

 

 

Julia Cadaval Martins 
Research Assistant

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Julia Cadaval Martins is doctoral candidate at Georgetown focusing on comparative water governance and development. Previously, she worked as a Governance and Institutions Specialist at the World Bank, and acted as a consultant on industry regulation and public-private partnerships in Brazil. She holds an LL.M. (master’s) degree from Harvard Law School, where she was also a Summer Academic Fellow and Research Assistant at the Harvard Environmental Law and Policy Program. Julia has a law degree from Rio de Janeiro State University. Her research interests include cooperative governance, water management and federalism.

 

Yunnan Chen
Research Assistant

Yunnan Chen is a second-year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Development and China Studies. She previously worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. She has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

 

 

Ilaria Mazzocco
Research Assistant
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Ilaria Mazzocco is a first-year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS in China Studies. Previously, she worked at the Asia Society, a non-profit group based in New York, and as a business consultant. She holds a M.A. from SAIS and a M.A. in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University (CEU) in Hungary. She received a B.A. in Economics from Bard College.

 

 

Henry Tugendhat
Research Assistant
Henry Tugendhat

Henry Tugendhat is a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, working on Chinese finance in Africa. He was previously a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies for three years, looking at Chinese and Brazilian agricultural engagements in Africa. He has also lived and worked in China for three years and holds a M.Sc. from SOAS (University of London) and a Joint Honours B.A. from the University of Leeds. He speaks French, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese.

 

Chengrui Zhan
Research Assistant
Chengrui Zhan

Chengrui Zhan is a second-year M.A. student in International Relations and International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Now pursuing a specialization in quantitative methods of economic theory, she is interested in data-analysis with regards to development economics. She holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Renmin University in China.

 

 

Lingyan Yu
Research Assistant
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Lingyan Yu is a second-year M.A. student in Energy, Resources and Environment at Johns Hopkins SAIS and is pursuing a specialization in International Infrastructure Finance. Her research has focused on Chinese infrastructure investment in African countries and Chinese National Oil Companies’ (NOC) overseas portfolios and strategies. She holds a B.A. in English and Diplomacy from Beijing Foreign Languages University in China.

 

 

Dafe Oputu
Research Assistant
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Dafe Oputu is a second year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS with concentrations in African Studies and Canadian Studies. His research centers on institution building and public sector governance in Africa, particularly Nigeria. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from McGill University. He speaks French.

 

 

Lucas Atkins
Research Assistant
Lucas Atkins

Lucas Atkins is a first-year M.A. student in International Development.  He recently returned from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center where he honed his Chinese skills. Lucas has traveled extensively throughout China and South Africa. He double majored in Chinese Language and Literature and Religious Studies while studying at UC Berkeley.

 

 

Jingyi Zhang 
Research Assistant
Jingyi Zhang

Jingyi Zhang is a first-year Fulbright M.A. student in International Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Previously, she interned in international organizations including the United Nations and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Zhejiang University in China.

 

 

Siqi Zhou
Research Assistant

Siqi Zhou is a first-year M.A. student in International Development and International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Her interests are in development in Africa and Latin America, especially in areas of international investment and finance. She holds a B.A. in Finance from Renmin University in China.

 

 

Jingchen Yang
Research Assistant
Jingchen YangJingchen Yang is a first-year M.A. student in International Development at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is interested in Chinese investments in Africa, with a focus on Chinese official loans. She holds a B.A. in Diplomacy and International Economics from China Foreign Affairs University in China.