Publisher: Mercator Institute for China Studies
Publication Date: 04/2019
Categories: Industry Sectors
“Kristin Shi-Kupfer, Director of the Research Area on Public Policy and Society, heads MERICS’ research on politics, society and the media. She is an expert on China’s digital politics, ideology, media policy, civil society and human rights. She previously worked as a research associate at the University of Freiburg’s Institute for Sinology. She earned her PhD from Ruhr University Bochum with a thesis on spiritual and religious groups in China after 1978. From 2007 to 2011, she was the China correspondent for several German media. Shi-Kupfer is a member of the expert committee of the German-Chinese platform on innovation under the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Mareike Ohlberg, Research Associate, focuses on China’s subnational politics, official media policy as well as developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Ohlberg holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Heidelberg and an MA from Columbia University. In her thesis, she analyzed changes in China’s global propaganda outreach since 1978. Prior to joining MERICS, Ohlberg spent a year as an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and another year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cheng Shewo Institute for Chinese Journalism at Shih Hsin University in Taipei.”