Breaking Down Barriers

Fulbright Scholar Prof. Bruce Larson teaches the promises and pitfalls of democracy in China

China is a nation undergoing extraordinary change. Its economy has grown significantly over the past two decades, yet corruption and a growing wealth disparity is testing the patience of many Chinese citizens.

Could these challenges spur a new era of Chinese governance? If so, what role does the United States play in educating China’s next generation of leaders about the promises and pitfalls of representative institutions?

As a Fulbright Scholar in China this semester, Gettysburg College Associate Professor of Political Science Bruce Larson is tackling these questions at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and at other universities throughout the nation. His courses—one on the U.S. Congress and the other on U.S. public policy—echo the theme of political reform.

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