Experts available to discuss issues related to China’s leadership transition

November 6, 2012

Xi Jinping is expected to become the new head of China's Communist Party. Image credit: DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo via wikimedia commonsXi Jinping is expected to become the new head of China’s Communist Party. Image credit: DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo via wikimedia commonsADVISORY

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan experts are available to discuss the anticipated once-in-a-decade leadership transition at the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th Congress this month.

They include:


Mary Gallagher, director of U-M’s Center for Chinese Studies, can discuss the new leadership’s political challenges. She is an associate professor of political science whose interests include comparative politics of transitional and developing states as well as labor issues. She can be reached at . More about Gallagher:


Linda Y.C. Lim, professor of strategy at the Ross School of Business, can discuss U.S.-China trade relations, the need for domestic economic and financial reforms; China’s changing economic role in the world; and multi-country manufacturing supply chains in Asia. Her research focuses on the influence of domestic politics; economic policy and culture on business structure; and strategy and operations. She can be reached at (+1) 734-763-0290 or More about Lim:


Nicholas Calcina Howson, professor of law, can discuss legal system and political-legal institutional issues in China. He writes and lectures widely on Chinese law topics, focusing
on the Chinese judiciary and administrative agencies, corporate and securities law and constitutional law.  He has acted as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and various Chinese government ministries and administrative
departments, in particular with respect to the formulation of key PRC statutes. He can be reached at or (cell) (+1) 917-495-0033. More about Howson:

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Philip Potter, assistant professor at U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy, can discuss Chinese foreign policy, security issues and the Xinjiang region. His current research projects explore the relationship between interdependence and international conflict; the impact of public opinion and media on foreign policy; and the role of networks in transnational terrorism. He can be reached at (+1) 734-615-6905 or More about Potter: A recent video:


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