Welcome! I am an assistant professor of government at Smith College and an Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard. In August 2015, I earned my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. I have previously worked as an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University and a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. Located at the nexus of China studies, ethnic politics, and the political economy of development, my work explores local representation and public service provision in ethnically diverse areas of mainland China and Taiwan. I have also written about political science pedagogy, and specifically the use of clickers in the political science classroom.


For more information on my research and teaching, please feel free to contact me at saranewland[AT]smith[DOT]edu.