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Jessica Weiss

Michael J. Zak Professor for China and Asia-Pacific Studies

Jessica Chen Weiss studies Chinese politics and foreign relations with an emphasis on nationalism and public opinion, focusing on the connection between domestic politics and international relations.

The Michael J. Zak Professor for China and Asia-Pacific Studies in the Department of Government, she is a political science editor at the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From August 2021 to July 2022, she served as senior advisor to the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow ship for Tenured IR Scholars (IAF-TIRS)

Professor Weiss is the author of Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign RelationsHer research appears in International Organization, China Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and Review of International Political Economy, as well as in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Quarterly.

Professor Weiss founded FACES, the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford, while an undergraduate at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, where her dissertation won the 2009 American Political Science Association Award for best dissertation in international relations, law and politics.


About Jessica Chen Weiss