Type: Public event

The China Initiative and Its Aftermath: The impact on science and the academic and intellectual freedom on campus


Mary Gallagher, Ann Lin, Ruixue Jia, Peter Zeidenberg

Date & time

Mar 25, 2024, 6:00 pm EDT

Although the China Initiative has officially ended in 2022, the hostile climate has not dissipated and scientists of Chinese backgrounds still feel the pressure especially as a proposed House spending bill wants to bring the initiative back. Put in place in 2018 under the Trump administration the China Initiative led to the arrest, intimidation, and forced resignation of faculty on American University campuses. This panel discussion brings together a group of experts who will discuss their personal experiences, the legal dimensions, the costs of the initiative in the realm of scientific and technological advancements, the effects on prospective and current students, and diversity of campus. 

Presented as part of the Davis, Markert, and Nickerson Academic Freedom Lecture Committee (DMNC).


Mary E. Gallagher, Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor of Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights at the University of Michigan 


Gang Chen, Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering; Director, Pappalardo Micro and Nano Engineering Laboratories, MIT

Ruixue Jia,  Associate professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

Ann Chih Lin, Associate Professor of Public Policy; Director, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

Peter Zeidenberg, Attorney in Practice, Partner ArentFox Schiff