Yan Chang Bennett L’08

Yan Chang Bennett L’08Distinguished Lecturer

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Yan Bennett L’08 teaches Advanced Legal Topics: Federal Practice and International Law in the U.S. Legal System as a residential course in JDinteractive.

Bennett is the Deputy Chair, Global Issues with the Foreign Service Institute, the training institution of the U.S. Department of State, and teaches diplomacy and international affairs as a professional lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She has previously worked for Princeton University, Illinois State University, and the U.S. Department of State.

She has published articles on the rule of law under the Xi administration, China’s emerging political philosophy, and Chinese foreign policy such as the Belt and Road Initiative. She is working on several book projects, including a quantitative comparative examination of China with the United States and the history of American discourse on China, and a history of American policy perspectives on the US-China relationship.

Bennett’s publications include American Strategy in Melanesia (forthcoming); China’s Real Ambitions for the South Pacific (2022); Implications of China’s Pacific Dream for the United States, Australia, and Allies (2022); China’s Inward and Outward Facing Identities: Post-COVID Challenges for China and the International Rules-based Order (2023).

Her views are her own and not representative of the government of the United States.


  • Liberty University
    College of Arts & Sciences
    PhD in History 2022
  • Syracuse University
    College of Law
    D., cum laude 2008
  • Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University
    A. International Affairs 1999
  • Furman University
    A. Political Science 1996