Denise van der Kamp

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania

Denise van der Kamp is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on environmental politics, regulation, and market governance in China. Her book project Clean Air at What Cost? examines an emerging, ‘blunt force’ approach to environmental regulation in China. The book explains why the Chinese government has resorted to forcibly reducing industrial output and closing down entire industries to address pollution problems. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. at Berkeley, Denise worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan from 2010-2011 and with environmental NGOs in Beijing from 2007-2009. Starting in August 2018, Denise will be an Assistant Professor at City University in Hong Kong.