James Gannon supports current programs and new initiatives as a research assistant at the US-China Education Trust. James conducts research on a variety of issues relevant to USCET’s programs, including U.S.-China relations, U.S.-China-India trilateral relations, U.S. midterm elections, social dynamics in China, and data journalism in China. He also translates material pertaining to his research areas, as well as contracts, transcribed interviews, and news stories. In addition, James edits and drafts reports, grant proposals, and blog articles, as well as provides speechwriting support for Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, the president of USCET.
James’ interest in China began when he was a student at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He moved to China after receiving his bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on East Asia, spending one year in Chongqing, one year in Shenzhen, and several months in Taipei. During that time, James worked at Web International English where he taught high school seniors, university students, and young and mid-career professionals. He also learned Mandarin, passing Level 5 of the Chinese Proficiency Test in 2017.
In addition to interning at USCET, James is also a master’s degree candidate in Security Policy Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is focusing on East Asia generally and China specifically, and is continuing to improve his Mandarin through classes at the Confucius Institute.
James also minored in Spanish, studied Japanese for three years, and studied abroad in Tokyo for one year.