Chinese Politics Virtual Happy Hour: A Conversation with Prof. Abigail Coplin

Date & Time:

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
5:00 PM


6:30 PM

About this event:

Join us for a virtual chat with Dr. Abigail Coplin, where we will discuss her research detailing the overlap of science, politics, and nationalism in contemporary China, and the efforts of the CCP to utilize science and technology for ideology and economic influence. Dr. Coplin also investigates the science-market-state nexus.

No registration is required. Join via Zoom.


Dr. Abigail Coplin

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Science, Technology and Society, Vassar College

Dr. Abigail Coplin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society at Vassar College, where her work surrounds political and economic sociology, and science and technology studies. She researches the intersection of science, politics, and nationalism in contemporary China, and draws attention to the tools of non-democratic states used to influence legitimacy and governance claims. She has projects detailing the inclusion of science and technology for political motives while integrating them within the state that has new, though unintended dynamics for the party-state to consider.

Dr. Coplin has been quoted in journals NPR and Nature about China and Russia as vaccine leaders and about the military’s involvement in medical research in China, respectively.

Dr. Coplin earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, an M.A. in Regional Studies of East Asia from Harvard University, a B.S. in Chemistry and East Asian Studies from Yale University, in addition to fellowships from prestigious universities and organizations.