Shuxian Luo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor International Programs
Shuxian Luo faculty photo


Shuxian Luo is an assistant professor of Maritime Security and Governance in the International Programs Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Her research interests include maritime security in the Indo-Pacific, Chinese foreign and security policies, and U.S-China relations, especially crisis management. Her current book project develops an analytical framework to explain when, why and how China escalates or deescalates incidents at sea arising from its maritime territorial and boundary disputes. She received her Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Japan
  • Maritime Strategy
  • South China Sea
  • Southeast Asia

Professional Highlights


Assistant Professor

U.S. Naval War College

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Brookings Institution


Awarded Ph.D. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2021, International Relations

M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2016, China Studies & International Economics, minor in Japan Studies

M.A., Columbia University, 2008, Political Science

B.A., Peking University, 2007, English Language and Literature

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