President's Message

Dr. Yi Edward YangSince its founding in 1986, the Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) has provided a platform to bring together Chinese political studies scholars from around the world.

Over the past few years, ACPS has grown significantly. ACPS now has nearly 1,000 individual members from more than a dozen countries across four continents. ACPS expanded its institutional partnerships with world-class Chinese universities such as Beijing University and East China Normal University. The ACPS annual conference continues to showcase cutting-edge China studies scholarship. The ACPS flagship journal—the Journal of Chinese Political Science—is moving up the ranks and becoming an increasingly influential outlet for some of the best work in the field.

What truly makes ACPS unique is its warm organizational culture.  ACPS conferences and activities have always been described as one big family gathering where you catch up with old friends and make new ones, where scholars who share the same China studies passion can freely exchange ideas and comment on each other’s work in a relaxed and non-judgmental atmosphere.

I am honored to serve this organization and its members as the ACPS president for the 2016-2018 term. I intend to carry on the ACPS tradition of providing a collegial and intellectually stimulating platform for China scholars around the world. ACPS is moving in a positive direction and I will aim to set our collective sights even higher by creating new programs, expanding our institutional partnerships, and engaging a broader audience beyond the traditional scholarly circle.

ACPS will need help from you, its members, to accomplish these goals. Your support and enthusiasm are the bedrock of this organization’s success. Let’s continue to build an exciting future for this great community — together.


Dr. Yi Edward Yang

President, Association of Chinese Political Studies

Associate Professor of Political Science

James Madison University