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Deborah Seligsohn

Villanova University
United States
Email: dseligsohn [at] villanova [period/dot] edu

Deborah Seligsohn is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, a Woodrow Wilson Institute China Fellow, an Associate at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her research focuses on Chinese politics, US-China relations, and public health, energy and environmental politics in China and India. Prior to receiving her PhD in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of California San Diego in 2018 she worked in both the NGO and government sectors on public health, science, climate and the environment. From 2003 to 2007 she served as the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counselor at the US Embassy in Beijing, and then from 2007 to 2012 she served as the Beijing-based Principal Advisor to the World Resources Institute’s China Energy and Climate Program. In addition to publishing in academic journals, her writing as appeared in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and the South China Morning Post among other publications.

Deborah Seligsohn’s Website.

Publications

The Rise and Fall of the US-China Health Relationship.” Asian Perspective, October 2020.

Future U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change: Working Towards a Green New Deal,” Penn Project on the Future of U.S.-China Relations, with Angel Hsu, September 2020.

Comment: Does the Establishment of The Ministry of Environmental Protection Matter for Addressing China’s Pollution Problems? Empirical Evidence from Listed Companies,” Journal of East Asian Studies, March 2019.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping: Transparency Without Accountability,” Environmental Politics, with Mengdi Liu and Bing Zhang, March 2018.

From Tiananmen to Outsourcing: The Effect of Rising Import Competition on Congressional Voting Towards China,” Journal of Contemporary China, with John Kuk and Jack Zhang, September 14, 2017.

Challenges, recommendations for meeting 2017 norms for air pollution from thermal power plants in India,” Brookings India Report, with Rahul Tongia, February 21, 2017.

Energy in China,” in PLANNING FOR INNOVATION; Understanding China’s Plans for Technological, Energy, Industrial, and Defense Development, a report prepared for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2016.

China, the United States and the Climate Challenge,” World Resources Institute Policy Brief, withith Robert Heilmayr, Xiaomei Tan and Lutz Weischer, September 2009.

Media Coverage

Can China and the US overcome their distrust on climate action?” The South China Morning Post, April 1, 2021.

“U.S.-China climate cooperation rests on action at home,” The Quincy Institute, September 18, 2020.

“Chuyên gia: Căng thẳng Mỹ – Trung sẽ tiếp tục leo thang,” (Experts: The US-China tension will continue to escalate) VN Express, August 1, 2020.

Remaking the global system after COVID-19,” column co-written with Peter Gourevitch on the East Asia Forum, June 7, 2020.