Deborah Seligsohn

Deborah Seligsohn is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University. Her research focuses on Chinese politics, U.S.-China relations, and energy and environmental politics in China and India. Prior to receiving her PhD in political science and international affairs from UC San Diego in 2018, she worked in both the NGO and government sectors on science, energy, climate, and the environment. From 2007 to 2012, she was based in Beijing as the Principal Advisor to the World Resources Institute’s China Energy and Climate Program. She also had more than twenty years’ experience in the United States Department of State, working on energy and environment issues in China, India, Nepal and New Zealand. Her most recent position was as Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counselor in Beijing, 2003-2007, where she was directly involved in establishing the U.S.-China Emerging Infectious Disease Program. Her work has appeared in political science journals and through the World Resources Institute, as well as in the Washington Post, South China Morning Post, the Financial Times, and other publications.





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