Margaret M. Pearson is Dr. Horace E. and Wilma V. Harrison Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on China’s domestic political economy and institutions and Chinese foreign economic policy. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and was tenured at Dartmouth College before moving to UMCP in 1996. Her publications include the books Joint Ventures in the People's Republic of China (Princeton Press, 1991) and China's New Business Elite: The Political Results of Economic Reform (University of California Press, 1997), as well as articles in World Politics, The China Journal, Public Administration Review, Governance, Journal of Contemporary China, and Review of International Political Economy.
Pearson’s ongoing research on China’s domestic economy includes state control of the economy, central-local relations, innovation in green energy firms, Chinese regulatory institutions and, most recently, a theorization of the Chinese bureaucracy. On Chinese foreign policy, Pearson’s ongoing projects include determinants of Beijing’s behavior in global institutions, including climate change and financial institutions. She teaches courses on Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy, and on comparative politics. She has held a Fulbright Research Fellowship at Beijing University.
- Chinese Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy
- PhD Yale University, Political Science
- BA Smith College
Ciqi MeiAssociate Professor, School of Public Policy, Tsinghua University
Jessica Teets (UMCP BA)Associate Professor, Middlebury College
Yukyung YeoAssistant Professor, Kyung Hee University, South Korea
Fengshi Wu (committee member)Associate Professor, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore
Sungmoon Kim (committee member)Professor, City University of Hong Kong
Allison Berlandpostdoc, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Jean Yuan (committee member)Research Division, USITC
Kimberly WilsonAssistant Professor, Eastern Tennessee State University
Michael Davidson (MIT)Post-doc, Harvard Kennedy School
Department of Government and Politics