Campus: San Francisco State University -- November 12, 2003

Noted Journal On Chinese Political Science Moves To The SFSU Campus

The Journal of Chinese Political Science has found a new home in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) at San Francisco State University with Sujian Guo, assistant professor of political science, as its new editor.

Published by the Association of Chinese Political Studies, a nationwide academic organization, the refereed academic journal is designed to promote academic exchanges among Chinese and American scholars. Formerly housed at the University of Tennessee, the journal ranks on a par with such similar prestigious journals as the Journal of Contemporary China at the University of Denver, the Review of Politics at Indiana University and the Asian Survey at UC Berkeley, said Guo.

The scholarly journal -- with more than 200 subscribers worldwide -- publishes theoretical, policy and research articles as well as review articles on contemporary Chinese politics. It is abstracted and indexed by such leading outlets as OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International Historical Abstracts, International Political Science Abstracts and others.

Since becoming editor last spring, Guo has been busy making improvements, which include designing a new cover, creating a Web site for the publication and placing past issues fully online. "We are working to expand our presence, create a wider dialogue on the issues of Chinese politics and stay on top of the current developments in the field," said Guo, an expert on the politics of China and political transition in East and Southeast Asia.

Guo's first edition as editor tackles the timely subject of China's transition under new leadership with President Hu Jinato and China's cordial diplomatic relationship with the United States. Due to be published later this month, it includes articles by national and international experts examining some of the most important issues hotly debated in Chinese political studies right now.

"The journal will add to the visibility of the department, the College of BSS and the University both nationwide and internationally," said Guo, who grew up in China and earned his BA degree at the University of International Business and Economy in Beijing, MA degree at Peking University and doctorate at the University of Tennessee. "The production of this national academic journal on our campus is an important contribution to the academic community and to the larger world."

Guo credited the Department of Political Science and the College of BSS with providing key institutional support for the journal’s move cross-country. "Dean Joel Kassiola, in particular, has always supported faculty members in their efforts to serve the community and play a leadership role in it," he said.

Visit the journal's home page at or e-mail Sujian Guo at or call (415) 338-7523.

Contact: Ted DeAdwyler (415) 338-7110

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