The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies has named Daniel B. Wright the new executive director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies.
Established in 1986, the center, located in Nanjing, China, is a joint venture between Johns Hopkins and Nanjing University, providing approximately 100 students from the United States and other English-speaking countries and China the opportunity to live and study together. In addition, the center has the only open stack library in China, containing more than 60,000 Western and Chinese volumes. SAIS administers the center's activities on behalf of JHU.
As executive director, Wright will be responsible for the overall development and management of the program's operations.
Prior to joining the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Wright spent two years as a fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs in Guizhou, China, where he examined governance and social-economic development issues. While in China, he also served as a consultant to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, establishing an exchange project for Chinese and U.S. education experts.
From 1994 to 1997, Wright worked for two Washington-based consulting firms, Andreae, Vick & Associates and Powell Goldstein International Consulting, where he advised corporate clients with interests in Asia on political and economic strategies. Previously, he worked as a translator at Chinese Literature Press of the Foreign Language Bureau in Beijing.
A native of Virginia, Wright received his master's degree in international relations from SAIS in 1995, master's of divinity in cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1989 and bachelor's in world history from Vanderbilt University in 1985. In conjunction with his SAIS degree, he received a certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for a year of study there.