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Center for the Study of

Contemporary China

Our Team

Co-Chair: Susan Radov

Susan Radov is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Cultural Anthropology and Chinese Studies. Through college, she has developed a keen interest in improving US-China relations. This past summer, she interned with the US-Asia Institute and the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee (with the East Asia and Security/Defense teams). Besides CSCC this year, she translates and gives tours in Mandarin at the Penn Museum and serves as the head of the China section for the Penn Asian Review. In the past at Penn, she was the Presidents of the Penn Political Coalition and Penn Environmental Group, as well as, a Senior Deputy Member of Penn Democrats. Susan has also served as a delegate at the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit and a delegate at the Princeton University US-China Global Governance Forum. 

Co-Chair: Justin Melnick

Justin Melnick is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying International Relations and Economics.  From a Jersey suburb of New York City, Justin has been to China several times – teaching English, doing business, and studying Chinese.  He is a lover of languages and besides Mandarin has studied Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.  Justin hopes to get a PhD in political science studying foreign policy analysis and strategic studies, focusing on China and East Asia.  At Penn, he is also an associate editor of Sigma Iota Rho’s Journal of International Relations and works with the International Relations Undergraduate Student Association.

Jenny Shi

Jenny Shi is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Political Science and International Relations. As a native New Yorker, Jenny has traveled to China on numerous occasions as a representative for her trading company. In 2017, she participated in "Belt and Road Initiative" trade policy dialogues at the annual China Investment & Trade Expo as well as the 4th China-CEEC Cooperation Seminar for Chamber of Commerce in Ningbo, China. Jenny's academic interests include East and Central Asian politics, post-communist studies, and international relations theory. Her current research focuses on concepts of geopolitics and geostrategies between Kazakhstan, China, and Russia. 

Annie Hsu

Annie Hsu is a sophomore from Toronto, Canada studying International Relations and Intellectual History. At Penn, she is a Perry World House Fellow, a Deputy Editor of the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies Online Journal, and a Director of the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. Outside of Penn, she founded her non-profit organization named Bridge The Heart and served as a Canadian delegate at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2017, pursuing her passions in community service and social entrepreneurship. This past summer, she interned at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her academic interests include international law, Chinese literature, and history of the Qing and Republican periods of China.

Jackie Shi

Jackie Shi is a sophomore in the College studying Political Science and minoring in Sociology and Fine Arts: Photography. Originally from Queens, New York, Jackie grew up studying Mandarin and being immersed in Chinese culture. With her concentration in American Politics, Jackie developed an interest in studying U.S.-China relations through the lenses of political sociology and race and ethnic relations. She is also involved with the Society for International Development and the Penn Undergraduate Research Collective. 

PSCC Committee Members