David Wertime


Senior Fellow - Asia Program

Research Areas:

China (contemporary), Social media, Peace Corps

David Wertime is a Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He spent four years as Senior Editor for China at Foreign Policy magazine and is a frequent speaker and commenter on Chinese policy, culture, and media. He has written for outlets including Foreign PolicyThe Washington PostThe AtlanticSlate, and The Financial Times, has appeared on BBC and Al Jazeera television, NPR and PRI radio, and lectured before a wide range of audiences including the Atlantic Council, Harvard Law School, Kansas State, and the Foreign Correspondents Club of Shanghai. He has also testified about Chinese media freedom before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Before joining FP, he founded Tea Leaf Media, a Chinese social-media analysis outlet that was later sold to The Washington Post Company.
A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (China), David is a Truman Security Fellow, a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. A native of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, David holds his JD from Harvard Law School and his BA from Yale College.