Two UO Faculty Selected as PIP Fellows

Assistant Professors Karrie Koesel (Political Science) and Eric Priest (Law) have been selected as fellows for the 2014 Public Intellectuals Program (PIP), the flagship program of the National Committee on US-China Relations. Twenty PIP fellows were chosen from a nationally competitive pool of emerging China specialists this year and tasked with helping to bridge the gap between China specialists and the global and domestic audiences eager to better understand the important issues in US-China relations.
The PIP program was founded in 2005 by the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) in order to build up and foster China specialists who will go on to have significant roles as public intellectuals. The program gives scholars and other area specialists an opportunity to enhance their network, while broadening the scope and influence of their work. Since 2005, the PIP has provided opportunities to its fellows by hosting workshops in Washington D.C. and San Francisco, briefings with government officials and industry leaders in the US and China, training in media relations, and participation in the NCUSCR-sponsored conference or as a scholar-escort for a Committee delegation. 2014 marks the fourth cohort of PIP fellows.
Karrie J. Koesel specializes in the study of contemporary China and Russia, the politics of religion, and authoritarian resilience. She is the author of Religion and Authoritarianism: Cooperation, Conflict and the Consequences (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her work has been supported by numerous grants and has appeared in academic journals, including Perspectives on Politics, The China Quarterly, and Post-Soviet Affairs. She is also part of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, and the Under Caesar’s Sword Project at the University of Notre Dame; as well as a member of the International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes research network. Karrie is working on a new book that explores how authoritarian regimes use patriotic education to cultivate popular legitimacy and loyalty among younger, more contentious generations.
Eric Priest teaches and researches in the area of intellectual property law, with a particular focus on copyright law and digital media in China. His publications on copyright law and the creative industries in China include: “Acupressure: The Emerging Role of Market Ordering in Global Copyright Enforcement” in the SMU Law Review (forthcoming); “Copyright Extremophiles: Do Creative Industries Thrive or Just Survive in China's High-Piracy Environment?” in the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (2014); and “The Future of Music and Film Piracy in China” in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2006). Eric currently serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's U.S.-China IP Cooperation Dialogue expert panel. In addition to his work at UO, he has worked in the Chinese music industry as a consultant, Web entrepreneur, songwriter, and producer. Most recently, he wrote and produced the theme song for the Chinese television drama “Emotional Barcelona.”

Refer qualified scholars or learn about the work of others at the Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) web site