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Amy E. Gadsden

Associate Dean for International and Strategic Initiatives

Amy Gadsden

Dr. Amy Gadsden is Associate Dean for Strategic and International Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  She oversees Penn Law’s cross-disciplinary initiatives, new and non-degree programs and graduate programs as well as all international programs and initiatives.  She is also responsible for coordinating the Law School’s ten academic research centers and institutes.  She joined Penn Law in 2009 initially serving in the newly created role of Associate Dean for International Programs.   Dr. Gadsden teaches courses on human rights and rule of law.

From 2006-2008, Dr. Gadsden served as Resident Country Director for China at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing democracy worldwide. Prior to that, Dr. Gadsden was Special Advisor for China in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. She has worked extensively on joint cooperation projects with Chinese governmental and non-governmental agencies and has done consulting work for the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations High Commissioner’s Office for Human Rights, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Committee on US-China Relations. Dr. Gadsden has a B.A. in History and English from Yale College and a Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Representative Publications

"Chinese Nongovernmental Organizations: Politics by Other Means?", American Enterprise Institute Tocqueville on China Series, July 23, 2010.
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"From "Confrontation" to "Cooperation" and Back Again," China Rights Forum 2010, no. 3 - Engaging Engagement: Conversations and Reflections, September 2010.
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