Welcome! I am a political scientist and associate professor of government at Cornell University and a Washington Post Monkey Cage blog editor. I study Chinese politics and foreign relations with an emphasis on nationalism and public opinion.
My first book, Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China's Foreign Relations (Oxford University Press, August 2014), examined how the Chinese Communist Party has managed nationalist, anti-foreign protests, tracing the government's repression and facilitation of grassroots mobilization as a means of conveying reassurance and resolve.
More broadly, my work focuses on the connections between domestic politics and international relations. Understanding how different regime types understand and interact with one another is critical to assessing the risk of conflict in a region characterized by a diversity of political institutions and deep ambivalence over China’s rise.
News and events
"How hawkish is the Chinese public? Another look at “rising nationalism” and Chinese foreign policy" now out in the Journal of Contemporary China
New paper showing that concerted US pressure influenced China's RMB policy in Review of International Political Economy
Anti-Japanese protests have adverse consequences for political promotion and attracting foreign investment in China's cities, now out in China Quarterly
Delighted to join the Washington Post Monkey Cage as an editor covering China and Asia
"China and the Future of World Politics," review essay in Perspectives on Politics
"Will China Test Trump? Lessons From Past Campaigns and Elections" in The Washington Quarterly
"Will Beijing cut Trump some slack after that phone call with Taiwan?" in the Washington Post Monkey Cage, December 6, 2016.
"Here's what China's people really think about the South China Sea" in the Washington Post Monkey Cage, July 14, 2016.
"Nationalist Protests, Government Responses, and The Risk of Escalation in Interstate Disputes" now out in Security Studies
"Putting concepts into practice: a call for measuring and explaining variation in
Chinese nationalism," contribution to Nations and Nationalism roundtable
New collaborative project, China’s Cities: Divisions and Plans, awarded for 2016-2019
"Circumstances, Domestic Audiences, and Reputational Incentives in International Crisis Bargaining" now out in the Journal of Conflict Resolution
Testimony before the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Hearing on Reviewing President Xi's State Visit, October 7, 2015. (Full text of statement)
New York Times Q&A with Edward Wong, "Jessica Chen Weiss on Nationalism in Chinese Politics," September 24, 2015.
"The Political Geography of Nationalist Protest in China: Cities and the 2012 Anti-Japanese Demonstrations" now out in The China Quarterly
Foreign Affairs review by Andrew Nathan, Jan/Feb 2015
Financial Times review by Richard McGregor, November 2, 2014
China Digital Times interview, October 27, 2014
Powerful Patriots book launch and panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 6, 2014
Washington Post op-ed, September 30, 2014
ChinaFile interview, Asia Society, September 4, 2014