Based in New York, China, and around the world, Center on U.S.-China Relations fellows contribute significant research in the areas of U.S.-China relations, journalism and new media, and environment. The annual Arthur Ross Fellowship is based at the Asia Society headquarters in New York.
David Breashears, Senior Fellow. An accomplished mountaineer and filmmaker, Mr. Breashears has summitted Everest five times. A four-time Emmy awardwinner, Breashears has directed and produced numerous films on the Himalayan region including the IMAX feature, Everest. He is currently Project Leader for the Asia Society's Glacial Research Imaging Project. Breashear recently collaborated on the meseum exhibit Rivers of Ice, Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya .
Josh Chin, New Media Fellow. Now a Multimedia Editor at the Wall Street Journal, Chin has worked as a correspondent for Global Post and a research fellow at the Asia Society. He is a writer and videographer working mostly in Asia and is currently based in Beijing. He has reported on North Korean refugees in Manchuria, strip mining in southern India and a variety of other topics for publications in both the United States and Asia.
John Delury, Senior Fellow. Based in Seoul, South Korea, Delury is an Assistant Professor at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies. He was formerly the Associate Director at the Center on U.S.-China Relations, where he served as director of the China Boom Project and the North Korea Inside Out task force. He has taught Chinese history and politics at Columbia, Brown, and Peking University, and received a PhD in Chinese history at Yale.
Isabel Hilton, Fellow. She is currently a columnist for the Guardian and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s flagship cultural programme Night Waves, and founder and editor of Chinadialogue.net, an innovative, fully bilingual website devoted to climate change and environment, focussed on building a shared approach to these issues with China.
Susan Jakes, Arthur Ross Fellow. Jakes comes to the Asia Society from Yale University where she has been pursuing a Ph.D. in Chinese history. Her early work relating to China was as serving as an interpreter and personal assistant to Chinese exiles. In 2000 she moved to Hong Kong to cover China for TIME Magazine. She then moved to Beijing, where she served as as Time's Correspondent from 2002-2007. She received the Society of Publishers in Asia’s Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2001 for her reporting on Chinese youth culture. In 2003 she broke the story of the Chinese government’s cover-up of the SARS outbreak, for which she received the Henry Luce Public Service Award.
Michael G. Kulma, Senior Fellow. He is the Executive Director for Global Leadership Initiatives at the Asia Society headquarters in New York. Michael received his BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, a Master's in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the City University of New York.
Susan Meiselas, Senior Fellow. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and is perhaps best known for her photographic coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Today, Meiselas work takes her around the globe. Her one-woman exhibitions have been shown in Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Los Angeles, London, New York and Chicago. Her recognitions and awards include: the Robert Capa Gold Medal for “outstanding courage and reporting” by the Overseas Press Club for her work in Nicaragua (1979); the Leica Award for Excellence (1982); the Engelhard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art (1985); the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University for her coverage of Latin America (1994); and the Hasselblad Foundation Photography prize (1994). In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.
Andrew Smeall, Fellow. Currently a MBA candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business, Smeall was a program officer at the Arthur Ross Center on U.S.-China Relations. Andrew continues to contribute to the China Boom project, editing the site's existing content and expanding the scope of the project with new clips and interviews.
Harry Harding — He is the founding dean of the University of Virginia's Frank Batten Sr. School of Leadership and Public Policy. Previously Harding was the dean of the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs. His expertise is mainly in the areas of Chinese domestic politics, Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and international relations of the Asia-Pacific region.
Filip Noubel — A former Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group, Mr. Noubel worked as a journalist in Central Asia. He was editor of the Times of Central Asia, and, more recently, director of Internews, a broadcasting project, in Kyrgyzstan.
Emily Parker, former Arthur Ross Fellow — As a member of the Policy Planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, she covers innovation, technology and 21st Century Statecraft. She is also an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is writing a book about the Internet and democracy. As journalist, she has covered Japan and China for both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Ms. Parker's work can be found at emilyparkerwrites.com.
Susan Shirk, former Arthur Ross Fellow —She is director of the University of California system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Relations in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. Shirk first traveled to China in 1971 and has been doing research there ever since. During 1997-2000, Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. A leading scholar of U.S.-Asia relations, Professor Shirk was the inaugural Arthur Ross Fellow at the Center.
Ariane Wu — Wu is producing and editing films on the environmental challenges China faces in its course of rapid development. Her work concerning green buildings in China has appeared in the Far Eastern Economic Review.