Dexter Lensing Awarded NBR’s Chinese Language Fellowship

Dexter Lensing, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Georgia State University, has been awarded the 2019-2020 Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP) from the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).

The fellowship seeks American scholars in PhD programs committed to researching contemporary Chinese politics, society, and modern history with the goal of helping to form effective policy. The fellowship provides funds of up to $45,000 so that recipients can devote one year for intensive Chinese language training at an institution in China or Taiwan. Mr. Lensing will spend the fall semester at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the spring at Harbin University of Science and Technology in Harbin, China.

Mr. Lensing’s research looks at foreign NGOs (INGOs) that operate in China and how the implementation of China’s new 2017 law regulating INGOs effects state-society relations, the ability of INGOs to operate in the country, and potentially the impact from events in Hong Kong where the CCP has blamed foreign organizations for causing the protests. Additionally, he researches civil-military relations and how reforms under President Xi has attempted to improve ties between the civil sector with the military in order to rapidly improve the modernization and capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Mr. Lensing received his BA in political science from Boise State University where he studied elite Chinese politics. His most recent publication is a journal article entitled “From Mao to Xi: Chinese Political Leadership and the Craft of Consolidating Power.” Ultimately, he seeks a policy-oriented career.