Sara A. Newland was an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University (2016-17), and will spend 2017-2018 as the China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center before joining the government department at Smith College in Fall 2018. She received her BA (magna cum laude) from Wellesley College and her MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2004-2006, she was the Wellesley-Yenching Fellow at Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her dissertation research on local governance in China’s multiethnic areas was funded by the National Science Foundation, UC-Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies and Institute of International Studies, and the UC Office of the President’s Pacific Rim Research Program. Her current research interests include local governance and ethnic representation in China and Taiwan and the relationship between civil society organizations and the local state in China. Her research on public goods provision in rural China has been published in China Quarterly (December 2016), and a second article on civil society organizations and the local state is forthcoming at the same journal. Her coedited volume (with Vinod Aggarwal) on China’s relationships with the EU and the US was published by Springer in 2014.