Type: Public event

U.S.-China relations during COVID-19: Finding a path forward


Mary Gallagher, Ken Lieberthal, Ann Lin, and Michael Barr

Date & time

Oct 20, 2020, 10:00-11:00 am EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

Free and open to the public.

Join the conversation: #policytalks.

Join us for a conversation on current relations between the United States and China and possible paths forward given COVID and the upcoming U.S. elections. Panelists will include Mary Gallagher, professor of political science, Kenneth Lieberthal, senior fellow emeritus at Brookings, and Ann Lin, associate professor of public policy. Ford School Dean Michael Barr will moderate the discussion. 

This event is sponsored by the Ford School and co-sponsored by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the International Institute, and the Weiser Diplomacy Center. It is also part of the U-M Pan Asia Alumni Reunion.

From the speakers' bios:

Mary Gallagher is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the Director of the International Institute, and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. Her research areas are Chinese politics, comparative politics of transitional and developing states, and law and society. The underlying question that drives her research in all of these areas is whether the development of markets is linked to the sequential development of democratic politics and legal rationality. Put simply, she is interested in the relationships between capitalism, law and democracy. Her empirical research in China is used to explore these larger theoretical questions.  

Professor Gallagher was a foreign student in China in 1989 at Nanjing University. She also taught at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing from 1996-1997. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China. It was funded by the Fulbright Association and the National Science Foundation. From 2005-2007 she was part of the public intellectual program for the National Committee on US-China Relations, a program that brought together academics and policy makers working on US-China relations.

Kenneth Lieberthal is a senior fellow emeritus in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. Lieberthal was special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia on the National Security Council for 1998 through 2000. Lieberthal is professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, where until 2009 he was the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science and William Davidson Professor of Business Administration. He was director of the University of Michigan's Center for Chinese Studies—now known as the “Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies"—from 1986 to 1989. Lieberthal has consulted widely on Chinese and Asian affairs and has advised the U.S. Departments of State, Defense and Commerce, the World Bank, the Kettering Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the United Nations Association and corporations in the private sector.

Ann Chih Lin is Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1994 and was the 1992-93 Robert W. Hartley Fellow in Governmental Studies at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Lin was a social worker at Covenant House in New York City, and a member of the Covenant House Faith Community. At Michigan, Lin teaches courses on public policy implementation, gender and politics, qualitative research methods, and immigration.

Lin studies policy implementation: the provisions that make policy easy or difficult to implement, the beliefs and behavior of people who implement policies, and the reactions of those who are targeted by policy. She is currently studying potential immigration policies, such as guestworker programs and legalization, and the political beliefs of American immigrants, with a specific focus on Arab Americans.