Sheena Chestnut Greitens is Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she directs UT's Asia Policy Program. Her research focuses on security, authoritarian politics and foreign policy, and East Asia.
In 2023-24, she is on leave to serve as a Visiting Associate Professor of Research in Indo-Pacific Security at the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute. She is also concurrently a Nonresident Scholar with the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Dr. Chestnut Greitens' 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 concerns shape 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. She has testified to Congress and regularly comments in national and international media outlets.
From 2015-2020, Chestnut Greitens was assistant professor of political science at the Univ. of Missouri, and founding co-director of MU's Institute for Korean Studies. In 2017-18, as First Lady of Missouri, Chestnut Greitens co-led the state's trade missions to South Korea and China, and ran an interagency policy initiative that resulted in major legislative and executive-branch reforms to state policies on foster care, adoption, and prevention of child abuse/neglect. As an advocate for women's leadership in public policy, she also worked to appoint women to statewide boards and commissions. She has been a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the American Enterprise Institute.
Chestnut Greitens received her PhD from Harvard University; an MPhil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar; and a B.A. with honors from Stanford University.
You can follow her work on Twitter @SheenaGreitens. Her CV is here, and her Google Scholar page is here.
Photo: View from Karakoram Highway, Xinjiang, China