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Postdocs, Predocs, and Visiting Scholars

The Institute for US-China Issues invites applications from scholars doing research on China and/or US-China relations for postdoc and visiting scholar status at the Institute. The Institute provides office space, access to the OU library system, as well as photocopying, telephone, and mailing privileges. Scholars are typically on campus between six months and a year, and are expected to give a talk on their research while here. They are also expected to work with the Director and actively participate in the Institute’s scholarly activities.



Yiming JING is a postdoctoral research fellow at the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues. He received his Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware in Spring 2015.

Yiming is a social and cross-cultural psychologist. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of mis/trust, with a focus on cultural differences. He utilizes multiple methods, including attitudinal surveys, behavioral games, and brain techniques, to explore this fascinating topic.


Kevin Carrico is a postdoctoral research fellow at the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues. He received his Ph.D. (2013) in Sociocultural Anthropology from Cornell University. Before coming to OU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University's Center for East Asian Studies. His work has been featured in Cultural Anthropology, Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, and the recent volume Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation, and Identity of China's Majority. His translation of Tsering Woeser's Immolations au Tibet: la honte du monde is forthcoming from Verso in 2015.

Kevin’s research focuses upon the relationship between nationalism and ethnic relations in contemporary China. His dissertation was based in fieldwork with members of the Han Clothing Movement, a majority ethno-nationalist group dedicated to "revitalizing" what they perceive to be a lost China through the promotion of invented "Han" traditions. During his time at OU, Kevin will complete revisions to this manuscript for publication. At the same time, he is developing a new project comparing experiences of "autonomy," ethnic identity, and political protest in two vastly different peripheries of China today: Hong Kong and Tibet.


Dr. Matthew Sanders is a postdoctoral research fellow at the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues. He received his Ph.D. (2013) in social psychology from the University of Georgia under the direction of Dr. Leonard L. Martin.  He has been published in Psychological Science, the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and the European Journal of Social Psychology.  Dr. Sanders’ research has focused on how experiences and goals affect how people process information.   His recent work has focused on how processing goals affect the decisions that conservatives and liberals make.  Dr. Sanders’ work with the institute will focus on the role of ideology in Americans’ social attitudes as well as how experimentally manipulated ideology can affect perceptions of other nations.


Dr. Jonathan Benney was a postdoctoral research fellow at the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues. He received his B.A. (2006), LL.B. (2006), and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Before coming to OU, he worked for two years at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore as a postdoctoral fellow and research fellow, and subsequently worked as a visiting research fellow at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. His first book, Defending Rights in Contemporary China, was published by Routledge in early 2013.

Dr. Benney's research concentrates on two interlocking threads. One is the practice of activism and the development of social movements in modern China, with particular emphasis on political communication and on legal activism. The second thread concentrates on the social and political uses of new media, particularly the Internet, in China. While at OU he will continue his research and teach two courses: one on the Internet in China and one on Chinese politics.


Dr. Collin Barnes was a postdoctoral research fellow at the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues. He received his B.S. in 2003 from John Brown University and his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in social-personality psychology from the University of Oklahoma. He has worked as a pre-doctoral researcher with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland and has been published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Science, and Motivation and Emotion.

Dr. Barnes’ research has focused on forgiveness and revenge in interpersonal relationships and the link between ideologies of honor in men and support for aggressive political policies in international relations. Dr. Barnes’ work with the institute will expand this latter vein of research to the realm of U.S.-China relations and examine cultural differences in perceptions of international apologies.


Dr. Huajian Cai (蔡华俭) was a postdoctoral research fellow at the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues. Before coming here, he worked in the Department of Psychology at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Dr. Cai received his B.A. (1993), M.A. (1996), and Ph. D. (2002) in psychology from East China Normal University in Shanghai. He did a post-doc at University of Washington (2003-2005) in Dr. Anthony Greenwald’s lab. Dr. Cai’s research focuses on implicit social cognition and cultural differences in the perception of self and others. He has published more than 20 articles in Chinese and English academic journals. His work currently focuses on American attitudes toward China, with an emphasis on the causes, moderators, and consequences of implicit attitudes.



Yuanling Liu (刘元玲)was a visiting scholar at the OU Institute for US-China Issues. Liu comes from Renmin University of China in Beijing. She received a BA in Educational Psychology in Yantai Normal University, and an MA in International Relations from Renmin University of China. She is currently finishing her PhD at Renmin University of China. Liu has published several articles in the Chinese academic journals, and has written several book chapters.

Yuanling Liu’s work focuses on China’s energy security, with an emphasis on the relationship between Chinese and American energy security strategies.


Xiaoqin SHI (师小芹) was a visiting scholar at the OU Institute for US-China Issues from February to July 2008. Shi was from Peking University and the Academy of Military Sciences, both in Beijing, China. She received a BA in history from Beijing Normal University, and an MA in International Studies from the David L. Boren College of International Studies, Nanjing, and was finishing her PhD at Peking University. Shi is co-editor of Strategic Reviews (Beijing, 2003), and has written several book chapters.

Xiaoqin Shi’s work focuses on Asia-Pacific security, especially the issue of maritime power and security in the Asia-Pacific. Her current work explores the security implications of the simultaneous rise of multiple sea powers in the 21st century Asia-Pacific.

Visiting Scholars


Diao Daming (刁大明) is a visiting scholar at the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues studying the domestic politics of US-China policy. As an assistant professor at Institute of American Studies CASS, he received his B.A. (2005), M.A. (2007), and Ph.D. (2010) in political science and public policy from Nankai University in Tianjin. Prior to joining CASS, Dr. Diao served as the assistant director and postdoctoral researcher at Tsinghua University’s Center for U.S.-China Relations. Dr Diao’s research focuses upon the U.S.Congress and its role in U.S China policy making.
Dr. Diao is the author of Deconstructing Capitol Hill: U.S.Congressional Politics and Its Members’ Actions Towards China (2014), the Purse of the State: U.S. Congress and Appropriations Politics (2012), The Handbook of U.S.Congressional Studies (2008). He has published 14 academic articles on American politics and Sino-U.S. relations in Chinese leading peer-viewed academic journals. He is also a regular columnist and media commentator for notable newspapers, news magazines and TV programs in China.