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Student Affiliates


Nate Adler is the defense and foreign policy advisor to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. Nate received an MPA with a concentration on international relations at the Woodrow Wilson School, and an AM in East Asian Studies at Harvard University. Nate focuses on US foreign policy and national security policy in East Asia, and has been a James A. Kelly Fellow and a Project on Nuclear Issues Scholar, both at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A San Francisco native, Nate was a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea in 2005.


Sarah Xiyi Chen, a senior from Arcadia, CA, is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School and pursuing a certificate in East Asian Studies. She is the former president of the Asian American Students Association and has interned for the Department of State with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She is writing her senior thesis on Chinese conceptions of human rights.


Gregory Colella graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School in 2012 with a certificate in East Asian Studies. He focused on international security and wrote his thesis about U.S. military presences in East Asia. While at Princeton, Greg co-founded Veterans Campaign, worked on a Congressional campaign in 2010, and was in the ROTC program. Greg is now a 2nd Lieutenant and Cavalry officer in the Pennsylvania National Guard.


Gavin Cook is the CWP Undergraduate Student Representative and a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA interested in policy, East Asia, and the environment. He is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in East Asian Studies. Fluent in Mandarin, he spent his junior year of high school in Beijing and recently worked at the Beijing office of the National Resource Defense Council. While at the NRDC, he worked analyzing Chinese-language government documents, prepared grant proposals, and attended a UN conference in Bangkok to act as a translator and cultivate Chinese government and industry contacts. Additionally, he works as a Chinese-English translator and has acted in a Chinese-language play.


Patricia Kim is a graduate student in the Department of Politics. Her research interests include the ideological and material aspects of great power relationships with secondary states. She is interested in contemporary asymmetric relationships, such as the US-ROK alliance, as well as earlier systems, such as the Chinese imperial system and Japan's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. Before beginning her studies at Princeton, Patricia worked as a research intern at the Congressional Executive Commission on China and the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.


Michael Li is a doctoral candidate at Princeton's Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. Previously, he was a graduate student at the University of Cambridge's Statistical Laboratory in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. I earned my BSE in Computer Science from Princeton.

Michael has received several prestigious awards and honors, including the Marshall Scholarship, Hertz Foundation Applied Science Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 

Email: tianhuil [at] princeton [dot] edu.


Adam P. Liff is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of Politics. His general fields of academic inquiry are international relations theory and security studies. Research areas of particular interest include: the security policies and military trajectories of rising powers, security dilemmas, balancing theory, political and security affairs in Northeast Asia, and the defense policies of China, Japan, and the United States. Adam holds an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University (2011) and a B.A. (with Honors; Phi Beta Kappa) from Stanford University (2005). He speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese and Japanese and will spend the 2012-2013 academic year conducting dissertation research in Beijing, where he will be affiliated with Peking University’s (Beijing) School of International Studies as a Research Fellow. For additional biographical information, including a complete list of publications, please visit Adam’s website or download his CV.


Oriana Skylar Mastro is a doctoral candidate in the Politics department at Princeton University, where she focuses on military operations and strategy, war termination, and Northeast Asia, China in particular. She is also a Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

She is the author of several publications including “Signaling and Military Provocation in Chinese National Security Strategy: A Closer Look at the Impeccable Incident,” published in the Journal of Strategic Studies. A Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum Sasakawa Peace Fellow, she is also a 2012-2013 University of Virginia Miller Center National Fellow and was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School, George Washington University and a CNAS Next Generation National Security Leader from 2010-2011. She has worked on China policy issues at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, RAND, U.S. Pacific Command, Project 2049, the U.S. Department of Defense and has testified for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Highly proficient in Mandarin, Ms. Mastro also worked at a Chinese valve-manufacturing firm in Beijing as a translator and makes frequent appearances on a Chinese-language debate show. As a United States Air Force Reserve Officer, Ms. Mastro provides analysis to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force on Asia. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University.


Eddie Skolnick was an undergraduate in the Wilson School concentrating on US-China relations, and he also earned certificates in East Asian studies and music performance. While at Princeton, he frequently attended events hosted by the China and the World Program, and his senior thesis was on microblogging and the development of virtual civil society in China. He now works as a research specialist at CNA China Studies, a federally-funded research and development center in Alexandria, VA.


Megan Steffen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests include visual culture, mass transportation, space scarcity, accidents, and social stability. She plans to write her dissertation on the influence of population density on everyday urban life in the People's Republic of China. She currently does fieldwork in Beijing, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, and the trains that connect them.


Eugene Yi is a graduate student in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He previously worked for the U.S. State Department in the Embassy in Beijing and for the U.S. Department of Defense on the China desk. He is a Scholar in the Nation's Service and a graduate from Princeton University.


Chenyu Zheng, a Class of 2012 graduate from China, majored in Economics with a certificate in Environmental Studies. Chenyu is particularly passionate about sustainability and cross-culture exchange related to China, and has been involved with an energy non-profit in China called Joint US China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE) since sophomore summer. Her life goal is to accelerate the greening of China for a healthier world. Chenyu was a frequent participant of China and the World lectures and discussions.