About

I am currently a senior editor at ChinaFile in New York City, where I am the primary editor of The China NGO Project and where I do other things that need doing.

I am a member of the DC-based band Gramophonic and the music director of the new folk musical Tear a Root from the Earth.

Previously, I was a foreign affairs research analyst in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, where I focused on modern Chinese society as well as leadership and governance, including cultural, religious, ethnic, media, and political trends. In 2016, I was a Visiting Academic Fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. I’ve also spent time living in China, Kyrgyzstan, India, and Mexico. I speak Chinese, (some) Uyghur, and (some) German. There is Spanish buried in there too, somewhere.

I received an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and a B.A. in Linguistics from Pitzer College.

You can reach me at hello@jessicabatke.com.