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Elizabeth Van Wie Davis

Professor, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Elizabeth Van Wie DavisDr. Elizabeth Van Wie Davis has lived and worked in Asia for many years, primarily in China, Kazakhstan and Southeast Asia. During her time as an endowed chair at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, she met former President George H W Bush on a few occasions regarding China issues. She went on to work for three additional US presidents. Her work on security issues and on energy and environmental policies includes field work and publications on Europe, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and the Central Asian republics.

After 17 years in academia, Dr. Davis took a decade hiatus to work for the US Government on issues related to Asia. Based in Hawaii, she travelled regularly to Asia to work on issues of preventive diplomacy. These USG projects included discussing China with Pakistan, aiding Bangladesh during a difficult political time, and working with the Nepalese officials during the transition from monarchy to representative democracy as well as a citation for her work on the EP3 incident. Simultaneous to these on-the-ground projects, Dr. Davis maintained a rigorous academic agenda that involved briefing US senators and congressmen, top US military officers, and foreign government officials on issues related to China and Asia. During her 13 years at Mines, Dr. Davis has continued her work on policy issues related to security and energy, and to share her love and knowledge of Asia.

Dr. Davis is working on her sixth book, PANDORA’S BOX: How Technology Has Changed Global Security. This book follows her books on SHADOW WARFARE: CYBERWAR POLICY IN THE US, RUSSIA, AND CHINA (2021), RULING, RESOURCES AND RELIGION IN CHINA (2012), ISLAM, OIL AND GEOPOLITICS (2007), CHINESE PERSPECTIVES ON SINO-AMERICAN RELATIONS (2000), and CHINA AND THE LAW OF THE SEA CONVENTION: FOLLOW THE SEA (1995). She has published over 70 articles and reviews in notable journals and has given over 100 expert interviews with major news sources like the Wall Street Journal and LA Times. 

Curriculum Vitae


Courses Taught

HASS 200 Global Studies: Politics

HASS 344 International Relations

HASS 437 Asian Development

HASS 492 Energy and Security Policy

HASS 535 International Development

HASS 592 Energy and Security Policy



Pandora’s Box (In Progress)

Examines the impacts of new technology on changing warfare including cyberwar, use of robots, and other high-tech additions to security and world order



Shadow Warfare coverSHADOW WARFARE: Cyberwar Policy in the United States, Russia, and China
This book assesses the policies and approaches of cyberwar in the US, Russia, and China, including attacks, strategies, and rationale. (Translated into Japanese)





Ruling, Resources and Religion in China

(London: Palgrave, 2012)
This book analyzes the trends of governance that offer insight into China’s future policy—domestic, security, and foreign—that will have repercussions for the world. Issues such as governance concerns, minorities, and religion are all discussed.




Islam, Oil And Geopolitics.jpgIslam, Oil And Geopolitics
Edited (Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007)
This book offers analyses of the intriguing issues of Islam, oil and geopolitics in Central Asia from the perspectives of China, Russia, the Central Asian republics, Mongolia, and the United States. While the US interests focus on the “war on terrorism,” the Russian interests arise from the old Soviet era concerns as well as sharing China’s concerns with fundamentalist terrorism, arms and drugs trafficking, and minority separatist movements.




Chinese Perspectives On Sino-American Relations

Edited (Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press, 2000)
The essays in this volume address a fundamental question – “What accounts for the many episodes of crisis and conflict in U.S.-China relations over the last fifty-five years; when cooperation has occurred, what conditions made that possible?”




sea.jpgChina And The Law Of The Sea Convention: Follow The Sea
(Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press, 1995)
This book presents the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the Law of the Sea Treaty and the application to and involvement of China.




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