Yan Bennett

Assistant Director
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365 Wallace Hall

By appointment.


B.A., M.A., J.D.

Yan Bennett is the Assistant Director for the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China. She most recently worked at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program) at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where she served as the Assistant Director from 2009-2015.  

Before coming to Princeton, Bennett was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and served overseas in China and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In China, she served as vice consul and had the opportunity to report on U.S. corporate labor practices, intellectual property issues, and the results of a municipal election in Guangdong Province. In Bosnia, Bennett served as special assistant to the ambassador and supported senior staff in achieving foreign policy and national security objectives. She has received awards for superior performance from the State Department, including a personal commendation from Secretary Powell. 

Bennett teaches diplomatic studies at George Washington University as an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs.  In her course, her students learn the interaction of law and diplomacy, as well as the structure of constitutional and international law.  She also has a number of publications on China's legal reform and on the rule of law under the Xi administration. 

Bennett has a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University, an M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School at George Washington University, and a JD from Syracuse University College of Law. She is married to a highly decorated combat Army veteran with two lovely girls.

Publications List: 

Bennett, Yan, Compliance with Fed. Regulations on Employment Verification, Home News Trib. (March 16, 2009)
Bennett, Yan, Options for Foreign Workers Facing Termination of Employment, 196 N.J.L.J.395 (May 11, 2009)
Bennett, Yan, TARP Recipients Limitations on Foreign Worker Hiring, 196 N.J.L.J 775  (June 15, 2009)
Bennett, Yan, “Chinese Contract Law after the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods,” Law and Policy for China's Market Socialism (Routledge, 2012)
Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, eds., China's Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping, (Routledge, 2015)
Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, “A Critical Appraisal of China’s ‘Four Comprehensives’ Grand Narrative,” UUM Journal of Legal Studies (JLS) Vol. 6, 2015.
Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, “Xi Jinping Thought: Realisation of the Chinese Dream of National Rejuvenation?”  China Perspectives, No.2018/1-2, p. 99-105, Summer 2018
Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, “China’s ‘Four Comprehensives’ Narrative: The Underlying Values of Socialist Rule of Law Reform,” conference paper July 2017
Garrick, John and Yan Bennett, “China’s ‘Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy’: the Values underlying Socialist Rule of Law Reforms,” (under review)
Bennett, Yan, “America’s Arsenal in a Trade War with China,” (working paper)