Senior Research Scholar
Chinese foreign policy; nontraditional security in Asia; great power relations in Central Asia
Elizabeth Wishnick is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University and has been an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute since 2002. She previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations, Chinese politics, and Chinese foreign policy at Barnard College, Columbia College, and SIPA.
Professor Wishnick's research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and non-traditional security. Her current book project, China as a Risk Society, examines how transnational problems originating in China (rising energy demand, air and water pollution, epidemics, food safety, and migration) shape Chinese foreign relations with neighboring states and involve Chinese and international society.
Professor Wishnick also writes about great power relations in East Asia and has contributed articles to East Asia, Asian Survey, NBR Analysis, SAIS Review, Journal of East Asian Affairs, Issues and Studies, and Perspectives Chinoises. She is the author of Mending Fences: The Evolution of Moscow's China Policy from Brezhnev to Yeltsin (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001) and three studies on great power relations in Central Asia for the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College.
Professor Wishnick was awarded a National Asia Research Program fellowship in 2010 to pursue her research and participate in conferences organized by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She also received a junior faculty grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation (2008-9) and by the East Asian Institute (Seoul, South Korea, 2007). In 2002-3 she was a Fulbright fellow at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and previously she was a research fellow at Taiwan's Academia Sinica, the Hoover Institution, and the Davis Center at Harvard University.
She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. from Barnard College, and speaks Chinese, Russian, and French fluently.