Kristen Looney


Tenure Line -- Assistant Professor


(On leave 2016-2017)


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Kristen Looney is an assistant professor of Asian Studies and Government at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on Chinese politics. Dr. Looney completed her PhD in Government at Harvard University in 2012. Trained as a comparative political scientist, she is completing a book manuscript on the politics of rural development in East Asia, focusing on state-led modernization campaigns in China (2000s), Taiwan (1950s-1970s) and South Korea (1950s-1970s). She is also interested in rural governance and party building under authoritarianism.

Dr. Looney's research has been supported by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Blakemore Foundation, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. Dr. Looney holds a B.A. from Wellesley College in Chinese Studies. She is fluent in Chinese and has some training in Korean language as well.


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  • Ph.D. (2012) Harvard University, Government
  • B.A. (2001) Wellesley College, Chinese Studies


  • Chinese (speak, read, write)