AASF Webinar: Managing Academic Collaborations with Chinese Institutions at U.S. Universities

November 17, 2021

The tensions in relations between China and the United States and a number of high-profile criminal cases under the China Initiative of the Department of Justice have put a spotlight on American universities’ relations with research and educational institutions in China. The issues are extremely complicated and are fraught with the complexities of law, open science, foreign policy, and the status of Chinese American faculty members as both researchers and recent immigrants to the United States. We are convening this webinar to discuss these complicated issues and we are extremely fortunate to have four prominent academics as well as leaders in their respective universities who have devoted their time and energy to thinking about these issues.


Mark C Elliott: Vice Provost for International Affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University

Mark Elliott is Vice Provost of International Affairs at Harvard University and the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and in the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

As Vice Provost, Elliott oversees and supports international academic initiatives, extending the global reach of Harvard’s research and teaching activities. In this capacity, Elliott serves as the University’s representative in negotiating agreements with foreign governments, receiving senior international delegations, and liaising with peer institutions and alumni worldwide. In addition, he shares responsibility for supporting the community of international students, scholars, and faculty at Harvard, as well as for guiding overall global strategy.

Randy H. Katz: Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley

Randy H. Katz is a professor of Computer Science, and the Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley.  He is interested in the design of large, complex, network-oriented applications and systems. Most recently, he has become concerned with the architecture of such systems in support of data-intensive large-scale computation associated with machine learning workloads.

Richard Lester: Associate Provost and Japan Steel Industry Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard Lester is the Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he oversees the international activities of the Institute. He previously served as head of MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He is the founding director and faculty chair of the MIT Industrial Performance Center. Professor Lester’s research focuses on innovation strategy and management, applied most recently to the problem of deep decarbonization of the energy sector. He is also widely known for his research on nuclear technology innovation, management and control. From 2015 to 2019 he served as chair of the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.

Peter F Michelson: Senior Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences and the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University

Dr. Michelson is a Professor of Physics at Stanford University. His research interests are in the field of high energy astrophysics, particularly X-ray and gamma-ray observations and instrument development. He is currently leading an international team (involving 18 institutions) developing the next-generation orbiting high-energy gamma-ray observatory known as the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST). Dr. Michelson is a past member of the NASA Office of Space Science Structure and Evolution of the Universe Subcommittee (SEUS) and served on the Committee on Gravitational Physics of the National Research Council, and the High-Energy Astrophysics Panel of the NRC Decadal Astronomy Survey Committee.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-chairs the Academy’s Challenges for International Scientific Partnerships Initiative.” 


Yasheng Huang: Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Professor, Global Economics and Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yasheng Huang is the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Faculty Director of Action Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Between 2013 and 2017, he served as an Associate Dean in charge of MIT Sloan’s global partnership programs and its action learning initiatives. His previous appointments include faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School.