Sheena Chestnut Greitens is an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She is on leave in 2023-24 to serve as a Visiting Associate Professor of Research in Indo-Pacific Security at the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute.
Dr. Chestnut Greitens' research focuses on security, authoritarian politics and foreign policy, and East Asia. At UT, she directs the Asia Policy Program, a joint initiative of the Strauss Center for International Security & Law and the Clements Center for National Security. She is also a Jeane Kirkpatrick Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Her first book, Dictators and Their Secret Police (Cambridge, 2016), examined variations in internal security and repression in Taiwan, South Korea, and the Philippines during the Cold War, and won multiple academic awards. Her second book, Politics of the North Korean Diaspora (Cambridge, 2023), focuses on authoritarianism, security, and diaspora politics. She is currently finishing her third book manuscript, which addresses how internal security shapes Chinese grand strategy.
Her research has been published in International Security, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Governance, Asian Survey, China Quarterly, and the Journal of Korean Studies, as well as outlets such as Foreign Affairs and the New York Times. You can follow her work on Twitter @SheenaGreitens.
Photo: View from Karakoram Highway, Xinjiang, China