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CARI Staff


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Deborah Brautigam, Ph.D.
CARI Director and Professor of Comparative Politics and International Development, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

A leading expert on China in Africa, Professor Brautigam is the author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2010; Chinese version published by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press) and Chinese Aid and African Development: Exporting Green Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 1998). She is also co-editor of Taxation and State-Building: Capacity and Consent (Cambridge University Press, 2008) as well as numerous articles published in academic journals and public affairs media. Professor Brautigam regularly advises international agencies and governments on China-Africa economic engagement. Her latest book, Will Africa Feed China?, was published in October 2015 by Oxford University Press.

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Yoon Jung Park, Ph.D.
CARI Associate Director

Dr. Yoon Jung Park is an international scholar and a leader in growing field of China/Africa studies. Dr Park is the author of A Matter of Honour. Being Chinese in South Africa (Jacana/Lexington Books). Her research focuses on ethnic Chinese in southern Africa and perceptions of Chinese people by local communities, centering on migration, race/ethnicity/identity, race/class/power, gender, affirmative action, and xenophobia. Dr Park has affiliations at the Sociology Department at Rhodes University (South Africa) and African Studies at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). In addition to her research, writing, and teaching, she is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China (CA/AC) Research Network, an international China-Africa network.

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Jordan Link
Research Manager

Jordan Link is responsible for leading the China-Africa finance database research team and conducting quantitative and qualitative studies of China-Africa trade, finance, and security affairs.  Jordan graduated from the George Washington University with an M.A. in Asian Studies.  His previous work has focused on understanding the strategic and economic challenges that China presents for the future of American foreign policy.  He holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in International Relations. 

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Marie Foster
Program Coordinator

Marie Foster is a French national with a Master’s degree in European affairs from Sciences Po Lille. She started her career in Brussels as a legislative assistant for the European Parliament, and then worked in international public affairs for the pharmaceutical sector. Before joining CARI, she spent time coordinating major conferences at the German Marshall Fund and worked as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of the Atlantic Council. 

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Daniela Solano-Ward
Technical Editor

Daniela Solano-Ward is the team's technical editor responsible for editing and formatting all publications, including working papers, policy briefs, and bulletins. Daniela graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with an M.A. in International Development and International Economics. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia in International Relations and History.


Sarahann Yeh
Communications Assistant

Sarahann is a second-year MA. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating in International Law and Organizations. She spent her first year at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy, where she worked as a research assistant at the Bologna Institute for Policy Research. Previously, she has interned at the U.S. Embassies in Malawi and Bolivia, and spent one semester as an exchange student in Shanghai. Sarahann holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland.

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Henry Tugendhat
Research Assistant

Henry Tugendhat is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, working on Chinese finance in Africa. He was previously a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies for three years, looking at Chinese and Brazilian agricultural engagements in Africa. He has also lived and worked in China for three years and holds a M.Sc. from SOAS (University of London) and a Joint Honours B.A. from the University of Leeds. He speaks French, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese.

Yanning Chen

Yanning Chen
Research Assistant

Yanning Chen is a third-year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Development. Her research focuses on role of investment in the diffusion of renewable energy in Africa. She holds a M.A. from Boston University. She received a B.S. in International Political Economy from Georgetown University.

Yunnan Chen

Yunnan Chen
Research Assistant

Yunnan Chen is a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Development and China Studies. She previously worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. She has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.


Yujin Zhang
Research Assistant

Yujin Zhang graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS with an M.A. in international political economy and a minor in China studies. He is interested in international trade, foreign investment, and public opinion. He holds a B.A. from Hunan University in Finance and a B.A. from Colorado State University in Business Administration.

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Jiwoon (June) Choi
Research Assistant

June is a second-year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating on Energy, Resources, and Environment with a focus on international development and climate finance. Prior to SAIS, she was at the Hopkins Nanjing Center and interned with the Energy Division at the UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. Her interests include disaster risk mitigation, climate adaptation, and China’s Belt Road Initiative. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Asian Civilizations and Languages from Amherst College.

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Yufan Huang
Research Assistant

Yufan is a second-year M.A. student of International Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS, with a concentration on China Studies. From 2014 to 2017, he was a researcher for the New York Times Beijing Bureau, focusing on China-related foreign and defense affairs. He has an B.A. in International Politics from Renmin University of China.


Sam Cleaves
Research Assistant

Sam Cleaves is a second-year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating on Strategic Studies, with a minor in African Studies. He speaks Arabic. Previously, he lived in Jordan as a Boren fellow. He also served as an aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College.

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Ziyue Li
Research Assistant

Ziyue is a second-year M.A. student of Energy, Resources, and Environment at Johns Hopkins SAIS. From 2014-2017, She worked in CITIC Angola and Embassy of Brazil in China. Her work focused on Sino-African relations and Chinese investment in infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a B.A. in Portuguese Language and Literature from Communication University of China.

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Qian Yang
Research Assistant

Qian Yang is a second-year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins University, concentrating on Energy, Resource and Environment. Her interests include green finance, climate resilience, infrastructures development in developing countries. She received her B.B.A in General Management and B.A. in Economics at Renmin University of China.

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Kevin Acker
Research Assistant

Kevin is a second-year M.A. student of China studies and Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He spent his first year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and has worked in international education and consulting. His research interests include the role of Chinese local governments in foreign policy, China's frameworks for South-South cooperation, and the impact of Chinese foreign investment on local economic outcomes. He holds a B.A. in Economics and China Studies from Binghamton University. 

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Jyhjong Hwang
Senior Research Assistant

Jyhjong Hwang graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS with a M.A. in International Economics and International Development. From 2010 to 2012, she was a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Namibia. Her research focuses on Chinese official subsidized loans to African countries and Sino-Africa trade, particularly of agricultural products. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University in English and International Relations.

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Janet Eom
Research Associate (non-resident)

Janet Eom is a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. From 2015 to 2017, she served as the Research Manager at CARI, where she led efforts to connect research on loan finance, trade, and investment to policymakers by programming events and managing publications. Previously, she researched the social and environmental impact of Chinese activity in Africa at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Janet has worked on China-Africa issues in the Strategy and Policy Unit of the Office of the President in Rwanda, and she has conducted field research on the role of Chinese investment in Rwandan economic development. She holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University.

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