Penelope Prime

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Penelope B. Prime, Ph.D.

"Beginning with her first visit to China in 1976, Penelope Prime has 30 years of experience studying and working within Chinese culture and the dynamic Chinese economy. After majoring in Chinese studies and studying Mandarin as an undergraduate, she earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan. She was one of the first U.S. graduate students to do dissertation research in China after the U.S. and China normalized relations in the late 1970s.

"Dr. Prime’s experience includes directing study abroad programs, taking over 200 students to China; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, beginning with her dissertation research on Jiangsu Province; traveling across most of China and living in Nanjing and Beijing for extended periods of time; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding...

"She has received numerous grants, including from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scholarly Communications with the PRC, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Dr. Prime is also on the Research Board of the ICA Institute (, which focuses on the development and interactions of India, China and America, and is one of the U.S. based Secretariats of the West China Development Studies Consortium ( She serves as a board member for the Georgia China Alliance (, the Chinese Economist Society for 2006-07 (, and the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence (" [1]