Scott Kennedy

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Deputy director, Freeman Chair in China Studies
Director, Chinese Business and Political Economy, CSIS

Scott Kennedy is deputy director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and director of Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He is a leading authority on China’s economic policy and its global economic relations, specific areas of focus include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, multinational business challenges in China, global governance, and philanthropy. 

Kennedy has been traveling to China for almost 30 years and has interviewed thousands of officials, business executives, lawyers, nonprofit organizations, and scholars. He is the editor of three books, and the author of The Business of Lobbying in China and (with Chris Johnson) Perfecting China Inc.: China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.  His articles have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, China Quarterly, China Journal, and the Journal of Contemporary China.

For more than 14 years, Kennedy was a professor at Indiana University. From 2007 to 2014, he was director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business, and he was the founding academic director of IU’s China Office. From 1993 to 1997, he worked at the Brookings Institution. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University and his M.A. in China studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Please note that Scott Kennedy replaces previously announced Christopher K. Johnson as the speaker for Tuesday, July 18, 2017.