The National Committee on United States–China Relations has named Johanna Ransmeier a fellow in its Public Intellectuals Program. The program nurtures a new generation of China specialists who have the interest and potential to play significant public roles.

The multiyear enrichment opportunity is intended to complement the fellows’ primary academic or professional positions. It includes two meetings in Washington focusing on the China policy community; a meeting in San Francisco; trips to China as a cohort; participation in committee programs as scholar-escorts; and a requirement that the fellows organize a local public-education program to encourage them to use their knowledge to inform policy and public opinion.

Prof. Ransmeier looks forward to meeting China experts from other disciplines and contributing to the public debate on China’s place in the world. In her research, she explores the relationship between family life and the law in modern China. Her book, Sold People: Traffickers and Family life in North China, will be published by Harvard University Press in March 2017.


The National Committee on United States-China Relations is a nonprofit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries. The Public Intellectuals Program is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens[at]uchicago[dot]edu