Jessica Chen Weiss

International Faculty Fellow
Jessica Weiss


Jessica Chen Weiss is a political scientist and associate professor of government. She studies China's foreign relations with an emphasis on nationalism, popular sentiment, and more broadly on the role of domestic politics in international relations.

Weiss is the author of Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations (Oxford University Press, 2014). The dissertation on which it is based won the 2009 American Political Science Association Award for best dissertation in international relations, law, and politics.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in International OrganizationChina QuarterlyJournal of Conflict Resolution, and Security Studies. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Mario Einaudi Center for Internationals Studies and the Institute for Social Sciences at Cornell, Uppsala University, Princeton-Harvard China & the World Program, Bradley Foundation, Fulbright-Hays program, and University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Weiss received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Before joining Cornell, she was an assistant professor at Yale University (2009-2015). As an undergraduate at Stanford University, she founded the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange.