Dan Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond. Her research examines media politics, public opinion, local governance, and cultural politics in contemporary China. She is the author of Convenient Criticism: Local Media and Governance in Urban China (2020, SUNY Press). She has published articles on various topics including political trust, media effects on public opinion, local television news, state-media relationship, state capacity, and local governance. Currently, she is extending her research to examine the political ramifications of cultural production with a focus on how standup comedy transgresses the state rhetoric in public discourse. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas. In 2018, she was a visiting fellow at the China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney. From 2021 to 2023, she is a Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) Fellow with the National Committee on US-China Relations.
Dr. Emily Matson is an adjunct professor at American University and a former Wilson Center China fellow. While at the Wilson Center, she published a policy paper titled "From Regional to National: Northeastern Scholars and the National Discourse on the War of Resistance against Japan." She received a PhD in Modern Chinese History from UVA in fall 2020 and her areas of expertise include Chinese history, Japanese history, and historical memory. For her dissertation, she researched World War II museums in Northeastern China and the evolution of their exhibits over time. Dr. Matson is also an active contributor to NuVoices, an international editorial collective dedicated to promoting research on China from women and marginalized groups.