Cornell University

Words Matter: Rhetoric vs. Reality in China-Africa Relations

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Uris Hall, G08
Central Campus

Jessica Achberger is African Studies Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University. Her PhD research in history focused on the bilateral relationship between Zambia and China during the Cold War. Upon completion of her PhD, Jessica was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the African Studies Center, Leiden, where she completed additional research on Zambia’s relationship with Yugoslavia. Her research has been compiled as an expanded monograph, Negotiating for Development: Zambian Economic Development in the Cold War. Prior to arriving at MSU, she was Associate Director of Research & Programs and a Senior Research Fellow at the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research, Lusaka, Zambia, where she researched Chinese agricultural investors in peri-urban Lusaka. At MSU, she is part of a team exploring the expansion of the China-in-Africa, Africa-in-China Resource Network’s Knowledge Hub. She is also working on a project comparing Mandarin and English academic publications on Chinese agricultural investments in Africa.

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Institute for African Development, Global Cornell, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies




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Evangeline Ray

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Jessica Achberger

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Michigan State University

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