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Affiliated Researchers

CARI Affiliated Researchers

Girum Abebe
Research Associate (non-resident)

Girum Abebe is a researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). His main interests are in the application of field experiments in development economics to study constraints that enterprises face in developing countries. He is engaged in field experiment design, particularly in implementation of business and management skills training to young entrepreneurs and impact evaluation of job search assistance schemes to young unemployed job-seekers. He studies mechanisms that firms employ to learn new knowledge from technology leaders at home and abroad, and the roles of human capital and agglomerations in the learning process. More recently, he has worked on reviewing industrial polices in Ethiopia and the possible linkages between FDI and local enterprises. He obtained a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).

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Lina Benabdallah
Research Associate (non-resident)

Lina Benabdallah is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. Her research interests are centered on China’s foreign policy in Africa with a specific interest in security and military relations. Her current book manuscript examines China’s multilateral foreign policy in continental Africa and seeks to theorize the power dynamics within these relations. The book argues that knowledge and technical skills transfers from Chinese experts to African trainees (peacekeepers, military officers, medical staff, journalists, etc.) via Beijing-sponsored professionalization trainings serve as a vehicle for Chinese norms, values, and models (of governance, development, etc.) to be normalized and adopted.

Sérgio Chichava
Research Associate (non-resident)

Sérgio Chichava is a senior researcher at the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), Mozambique and Lecturer in Political Sociology and Political Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), also in Mozambique. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux, France and has held fellowships at Oxford University (2008) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (2013). He works on Mozambique’s relations with rising powers, particularly on China and Brazil. His most recent publication is China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalists (Jacana 2014), co-edited with Chris Alden. Dr. Chichava has also written policy briefs for CARI and the Future Agriculture Consortium.

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Janet Eom
Research Associate (non-resident)

Janet Eom is a former research manager at SAIS-CARI. Her research focuses on comparative studies of US and Chinese development policies towards Africa and the role of technology transfer in African industrialization. Previously, she worked in the Strategy and Policy Unit of the Office of the President in Rwanda and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing on issues of Chinese economic engagement in Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University and a master’s degree in global affairs with a focus in economics and business from Tsinghua University, where she was a Schwarzman Scholar.

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David G. Landry
Research Associate (non-resident)

David G. Landry is an international development researcher and consultant. His research interests include the institutional determinants and impacts of China's economic engagement, particularly with regards to natural resource investments. He has conducted research in Madagascar, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo with the support of the China Africa Research Initiative. Two of his papers based on that research were published in Energy Policy and Resources Policy. He has also published articles in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Diplomat, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Globe and Mail. He holds a PhD in international Development from the Johns Hopkins University, an MSc in global governance and diplomacy from the University of Oxford and a BA in international development from McGill University.

Josh Maiyo

Josh Maiyo
Research Associate (non-resident)

Josh Maiyo is adjunct lecturer in International Political Economy at Webster University, Leiden campus in the Netherlands and a Ph.D. Fellow at the VU University Amsterdam where he is a recipient of the Netherlands Scientific Council science for development (NWO-WOTRO) scholarship. His research examines transnational dimensions and local dynamics of large-scale land deals, agrarian change and rural development in central Uganda with case studies of Chinese, Indian and Norwegian owned farms. He has also carried out investigations of Chinese government and private engagement in Uganda’s agriculture sector. He holds an MSc degree in Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam and an MPhil in African Studies from the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. Previously, Josh was a lecturer of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam where he taught politics of development and worked as a journalist in Kenya and the Netherlands.

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Tabitha Grace Mallory
Research Associate (non-resident)

Tabitha Grace Mallory is CEO of the consulting firm China Ocean Institute and Affiliate Professor of the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Mallory specializes in Chinese foreign and environmental policy is currently conducting research on China’s fisheries and oceans policy, including the impact of these policies on African security. She previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. Dr. Mallory holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and a B.A. in international studies and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Washington. 

Margaret McMillan
Research Associate (non-resident)

Margaret McMillan is a professor of economics at Tufts University and a Research Associate in the NBER’s program on International Trade and Investment. In 2009, she was appointed the Director of the Development Strategies and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute. McMillan holds a Ph.D. in economics (with distinction) from Columbia University, an MPA from Princeton University, and B.A. in mathematics and economics (summa cum laude) from Boston University. Her research covers international trade, investment, and development. In 2005, she was named the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is the principalinvestigator on a multi-million dollar project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the U.K. designed to enhance the understanding of economic growth and structural change in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nama Ouattara

Nama Ouattara
Research Associate (non-resident)

Nama Ouattara is an expert in Development Economics with a concentration in South-South cooperation. She received her Masters from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris and her Ph.D. in Economics from University Paris-Sud. Her research focuses on how African countries can capitalize on their partnerships with China, with the aim of evaluating policies. She also has five years of experience teaching Macroeconomics, Sustainable Development and International Trade at the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Ouattara has experience working for national and international institutions including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mali, France’s Agence Française de Développement, and the International Monetary Fund. She is currently a professional lecturer at George Washington University and pursues research on China-Africa relations.

Ian Taylor
Research Associate (non-resident)

Ian Taylor is Professor in International Relations and African Political Economy at St Andrews and Chair Professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University, China – the highest rank a non-Chinese academic can hold at a Chinese university. He is also Professor Extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and Honorary Professor at the Institute of African Studies, China. He was visiting professor at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Lee Hysan Visiting Professor, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, he has authored nine and edited 11 academic books, and published over 140 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and chapters. He holds a DPhil from the University of Stellenbosch and an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong. Previously, he taught African politics and history, IR and development at the University of Botswana.


Ying Xia
Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Ying Xia is a fifth 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.

Tang Xiaoyang
Research Associate (non-resident)

Tang Xiaoyang is an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is the author of China-Africa Economic Diplomacy (2014) and has published extensively on Asia-Africa relations. His research focuses on the impact of Chinese engagement on Africa's modernization and on the construction of global value chains. Previously, Dr. Tang has worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC and as a consultant for the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various research institutes and consulting companies. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York.

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Xiaohong Xu
Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Xiaohong Xu is an associate professor in the Department of Diplomacy at China Foreign Affairs University. She is currently the Fulbright visiting scholar at SAIS-CARI from 2019 to 2020. Her research focuses on the sociopolitical determinants of aid effectiveness, China’s economic engagement in Africa and other developing countries, comparative analyses of donor states’ aid policies and practices, and US-China relations. Dr. Xu holds a master’s degree in international relations from China Foreign Affairs University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Yun Sun
Research Associate (non-resident)

Yun Sun is a senior associate with the East Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center and a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. In the past, she has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, as well as the China Analyst for International Crisis Group based in Beijing. Yun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University and an M.A. in Asia Pacific studies from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins SAIS.


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