Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation are pleased to announce the first cohort of the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network.

The Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network seeks to address the unfortunate divides that the vast geographic size and diversity of East Asia have created between Northeast and Southeast Asia specialists, obstructing understanding of the region’s contemporary complexities as a whole. The program identifies and connects American scholars and professionals specializing in Northeast or Southeast Asia. These scholars will be able to participate constructively in the policymaking process in the mid- and long-term and contribute to better understanding within U.S.-Asia relations by teaching and inspiring future generations.

The 2020 class includes the following 12 scholars:

  • Dr. Darcie DeAngelo, Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross
  • Dr. Iza Ding, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Mark Manyin, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
  • Dr. Andrew Oros, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Washington College
  • Dr. Renard Sexton, Assistant Professor, Emory University
  • Dr. Meredith Shaw, Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo; Managing Editor, Social Science Japan Journal
  • Dr. Apichai Shipper, Asia Regional Chair, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State
  • Dr. Pon Souvannaseng, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester
  • Dr. Cecilia Springer, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
  • Mr. Matthew Wheeler, Senior Analyst for Southeast Asia, International Crisis Group
  • Dr. Andrew Yeo, Associate Professor of Politics and Director of Asian Studies, Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Jiakun Jack Zhang, Assistant Professor of East Asian Politics, University of Kansas

“We are thrilled to launch this new program with an impressive group of scholars,” said Mansfield Foundation President and CEO Frank Jannuzi. “The Asia Scholars Network will equip participants with the skills to become leading policy intellectuals, and we are looking forward to assisting these experts as they contribute to a cohesive and sustainable U.S. approach to the Indo-Pacific.”

During the program, these scholars will produce a policy brief and participate in a two-day training workshop in DC, a long weekend retreat in Montana, a two-week study trip to Asia (Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Hanoi), and a publication launch event.

This program is administered by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

This announcement was posted on November 18, 2019 and updated on May 26, 2020.