Yangshuo, China


Dr. Carol Lee Hamrin

Senior Associate

  • Research Professor, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia
  • Senior Associate, Global China Center in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A.T., Yale University.


Dr. Hamrin is an independent author, speaker and consultant for nonprofit organizations supporting the growth of China’s Third Sector. With a Ph.D. in comparative world history, and twenty-five years as a senior Research Specialist at the Department of State, Carol Hamrin provides a long-term perspective on the remarkable transformation underway in China. Her special expertise is analysis of the way economic dynamics drive changes in society, culture and religion, and the implications for China and the world. She also advises policy-makers on human rights and religious freedom issues.

Hamrin earned the Center for Public Justice Leadership Award for outstanding public service in 2003, and the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award in 2000. She has taught in D.C. - area graduate schools since 1980.

Select Publications and Activities

Books and Reports

  • Salt and Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China, co-edited with Stacey Bieler (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, Wipf and Stock Publishers, Vol 1:2009, Vol. 2:2010, Vol. 3: 2011); Chinese version Vol. 1 (Beijing: ZDL Books, 2009), Vol. 2 forthcoming.
  • God and Caesar in China: Policy Implications of Church-State Tensions (Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution Press, 2004), co-edited with Jason Kindopp.
  • Advancing Freedom of Religion and Belief in a Global China: A New Framework (St. Davids, Pa: Council on Faith & International Affairs, Report of the China Task Force, 2004).
  • Soul Searching: Chinese Intellectuals on Faith and Society (Pasadena, Ca.: China Horizon, 1998), 2nd ed., co-edited with Samuel Ling et. al.
  • Decision Making in Deng’s China: Perspective from Insiders (Armonk, N.Y.: East Gate Books, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1995), co-edited with Suisheng Zhao.
  • China and the Challenge of the Future: Changing Political Patterns (Boulder, Co: Westview Press, Inc. 1990).

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • “China, Christianity, and the Global Market of Belief Systems,” in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne, eds. Socialist China, Capitalist China: Social Tension and Political Adaptation under Economic Globalization (London: Routledge, 2009).
  • “Chinese Professionals: New Identities and New Style Politics,” in Claudia Derichs and Thomas Heberer, eds. The Power of Ideas: Intellectual Input and Political Change in East and Southeast Asia (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2006).
  • “Deepening Sino-American Ties at the Grass Roots,” Foreign Service Journal, 85: 5 (May 2005), 39-46.
  • “CFIA Task Force Report: A New Framework for Promoting Religious Freedom in China,” Review of Faith & International Affairs 3: 1 (Spring 2005). http://www.globalengage.org/edu/cfia/tbr_archive/spring05-chamrin.pdf
  • “The Growing Rights Consciousness in China,” ChinaSource Journal (Spring 2005).
  • “Advancing Religious Freedom in a Global Era: Prospects and Prescriptions,” in Kindopp and Hamrin, eds. God and Caesar in China: Policy Implications of Church-State Tensions (Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution Press, 2004).
  • “The Floating Island: Change of Paradigm on the Taiwan Question,” Journal of Contemporary China 13: 39 (May 2004), with Zheng Wang.
  • “China’s Invisible Social Revolution and Sino-American Cultural Relations,” in Christopher Marsh and June Teufel Dreyer, U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-first Century: Policies, Prospects, and Possibilities (Oxford, U.K.: Lexington Books, 2003), 27-42.
  • “The Global Chinese: Rethinking Kingdom-building and Nation-building,” in Mission Frontiers, special issue “Moving Past Cultural Christianity” 25-6 (November-December 2003), 10-11. http://www.missionfrontiers.org/2003/06/contents.htm
  • “Social Dynamics and New Generation Politics,” in David M. Finkelstein and Maryanne Kivlehan, eds.
  • Chinese Leadership in the Twenty-first Century: The Rise of the Fourth Generation (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2002).

Presentations Available Online

Professional Services

(details available upon request)

Consulting: project strategy and design in the nonprofit sector in China, including accountability training for China’s nonprofit leaders (2002-2006) by China NPO Network and Team Resources, Atlanta, sponsored by the MacLellan Foundation.

Media: interviews including NPR and D.C. based radio and T.V. outlets; design of special issue “How the Church in China Survived and Thrived in the 20th Century, Christian History and Biography 98 (Spring 2008).

Reviews of manuscripts for journals and grant proposals for foundations.