Tuesday, September 11, 2012

China and Latin America- Alumna Profile

Margaret  Certificate Program 2011
Previous Education
The George Washington University
MA in International Development Studies 
University of Virginia
BA in Foreign Affairs

Chinese Language Study Prior to the Center
Two semesters undergrad, CET Hangzhou Summer '05, Defense Language Institute coursework
What was your favorite course at the Center?
Chinese Constitution
Why did you choose the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?
I chose HNC because I was very impressed by the Center graduates whom I'd met while working as a China analyst for the US government. They all had a strong command of Chinese, and were also often leaders in their respective organizations. I see Center graduates' professional success as a testament to the quality of the HNC educational experience. 
What are you doing now? I am currently the Director of the China and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue, a DC-based Latin American studies think tank. Much of what I learned at the Center is directly applicable to my work at the Dialogue. HNC not only enabled me to refine my Chinese language skills, which have been critical when conducting research and networking, but also to understand the many domestic factors in China that are influencing its engagement with Latin America and other regions.