Naima Green-Riley is a Ph.D. Candidate and Raymond Vernon Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University and a Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. Following her doctoral defense, she will be joining the faculties of the Department of Politics and the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Naima specializes in Chinese foreign policy with a focus on public diplomacy and the global information space.
Naima’s academic work intersects with her contributions to global development and diplomacy. She was featured on New America’s 2020 list of Black American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America. Before pursuing her Ph.D., Naima was a Pickering Fellow and a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. She was the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria, Egypt during the Arab Spring. She also served as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China.
Naima’s writing has been published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science (JEPS) and in the 2021 book, The China Questions II (Harvard University Press). Her writing has also appeared in various public-facing outlets, including The Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post, the Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia Series of the National Bureau of Asian Research, The Diplomat, and The Root.
Naima received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with honors from Stanford University. She was a Belfer Center International and Global Affairs fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Policy. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and she also has an intermediate-level knowledge of Arabic.