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Yan Bennett

Visiting Presidential Professor
Schroeder Hall - SCH 403A
Office Hours
by appointment.
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Yan Bennett is Visiting Presidential Professor with the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. For 2022-23, is teaching two courses on 21st Century US Diplomacy and American diplomatic history.

Teaching Interests & Areas

In addition to her work at ISU and Princeton, Bennett teaches diplomacy and international affairs as a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. In her courses, her students learn the interaction of law and diplomacy, constitutional and international law, the law of international organizations, the United Nations, and global security.

Research Interests & Areas

She has a number of publications on the rule of law under the Xi administration, China's emerging political philosophy, and Chinese foreign policy, such as the Belt and Road Initiative. She is working on a number of book projects, including a quantitative comparative examination of China with the United States and the history of American discourse on China.

“Xi Jinping Thought: Political philosophy or totalizing paradigm?” Forthcoming. In China under Xi Jinping: An Interdisciplinary Assessment, edited by Hanna Kupś, Maciej Szatkowski and Michal Dahl. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill.

“China’s Real Ambitions for the South Pacific.” The Strategist, June 17, 2022.….

“Implications of China’s Pacific Dream for the United States, Australia, and Allies.” Journal of Political Risk 10, no. 6 (June 2022).

“China’s inward and outward facing identities: post-COVID challenges for China and the international rules-based order.” In COVID-19 and Foreign Aid: Nationalism and Global Development in a New World Order, edited by Viktor Jakupec, Max Kelly, Michael de Percy. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

“Why the Winter Olympics are so vital to the Chinese Communist Party’s legitimacy.” February 1, 2022. The Conversation.

“China’s Leadership and Governance.” February 2022. Journal of Asian Studies 81(1), 151-53.

“Comment la Chine tente de réécrire l’histoire sur les origines de la Covid-19.” January 14, 2021. The Conversation.

“Blinken’s Call: Opportunities Abound to Revitalise US Engagement in the Indo-Pacific.” December 16, 2020. The Strategist.

“Xi Jinping Thought: Realisation of the Chinese Dream of National Rejuvenation?” China Perspectives, No.2018/1-2, p. 99-105, Summer 2018