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East Asia Seminar Series


Participants’ bios:

SCOTT MOORE is a political scientist, university administrator, and former policymaker whose career focuses on China, sustainability, and emerging technology. He is currently Director of China Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. His latest book, China’s Next Act: How Sustainability and Technology are Reshaping China’s Rise and the World’s Future (Oxford University Press, 2022), explores how shared ecological and technological challenges force us to re-envision China’s rise and its role in the world. Prior to Penn, Dr. Moore was a Young Professional and Water Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank Group, and Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer for China at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change. Dr. Moore holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

AYNNE KOKAS is the C.K. Yen Chair at the Miller Center and an Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas’ research examines Sino-U.S. media and technology relations. Her book Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty (Oxford University Press, October 2022) argues that exploitative Silicon Valley data governance practices help China build infrastructures for global control. Her award-winning first book Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017) argues that Chinese investment and regulations have transformed the U.S. commercial media industry, most prominently in the case of media conglomerates’ leverage of global commercial brands. Kokas is a non-resident scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow in the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program.

LOTUS RUAN is a Senior Researcher at The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her research looks at the roles of state and private actors in shaping Internet governance agendas and digital rights, with a focus on issues pertaining to content moderation, media manipulation, censorship, privacy, and surveillance. Her writing has appeared in academic journals and international outlets including Internet Policy Review, Foreign Policy, and Just Security.


Scott Moore
Lecturer in Political Science and Director of China Programs and Strategic Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Aynne Kokas
Associate Professor of Media Studies and C. K. Yen Chair at the Miller Center, University of Virginia

Lotus Ruan
Senior Researcher at The Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

Diana Fu
Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and Director of the East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute, University of Toronto

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


East Asia Seminar Series

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