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Magee Selected as Public Intellectual

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee has been selected as one of 20 Public Intellectuals Program Fellows by the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Launched in 2005, the Public Intellectuals Program seeks to nurture the next generation of China specialists, providing them with opportunities for professional growth and development, as well as access to senior policymakers and other experts in the United States and China.  Over the course of two years, fellows in the program take part in various hands-on activities that will encourage growth beyond academia and into the public and policy community.

PIP Fellows are required to create a public outreach program during their two-year period as a fellow, pushing themselves to expand knowledge beyond their field and to work actively to inform public opinion and policy.

As a fellow, Magee will participate in two workshops in Washington, D.C., the first of which takes places later this month. Both workshops will examine U.S.-China relations, offering government and private sector briefings as well as media training. Another workshop in San Francisco will introduce Fellows to specialists from across the west coast and familiarize them with various institutions that play a critical role in U.S.-China relations. The fellowship also includes a ten-day study tour of China and presents Magee with the opportunity to participate in a National Committee-sponsored conference where he will act as a scholar-escort for a Committee delegation.

Magee is a China geographer with expertise in water and energy in China. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, along with a B.A. in French and B.S. in mathematics from Louisiana State University. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, “New Energy Geographies: Powershed Politics and Hydropower Decision Making in Yunnan, China.” He has authored a number of articles on China’s water and energy, the most recent of which is ” Salience and magnitude of dam impacts in small and large hydrodevelopment scenarios in China,” which appeared in the journal Water Alternatives.

Magee is the second HWS faculty member to be named a PIP Fellow. Associate Professor of Education Helen McCabe was a member of the first PIP class (2005-2007).

The National Committee on United States-China Relations promotes understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China in the belief that sound and productive Sino-American relations serve vital American and world interests. The work of the National Committee is made possible by grants from the United States Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, private foundations, corporate sponsors, and the Committee’s members and other interested citizens. For more information, visit