John Donaldson, associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University, studies local rural poverty reduction policies in China, the transformation of China’s agrarian system, and central-provincial relations. Recently, he has been comparing China’s rural transformation with that of India. His research has been published such in journals as Politics and Society, World Development, International Studies Quarterly, China Journal and China Quarterly. His book, “Small Works: Poverty and Development in Southwest China,” came out this year from Cornell University Press. John graduated in 2005 from George Washington University in Washington DC with a Ph.D. in political science, focusing on comparative politics and international relations. John is married to Qu Li, assistant professor of psychology at Nanyang University. They have two active children, Anna and Andrew. John loves the Boston Redsox, his favorite superhero is Green Lantern (he's not going to see the movie), and is active at Faith Methodist Church in Singapore. John has lived in Asia off and on for around 13 years, mainly in China and Singapore. He speaks fluent Chinese.