Sara Newland

Assistant Professor of Government

Sara Newland

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2023
On sabbatical. Office hours by appointment.

Wright Hall 202



Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Wellesley College


Sara Newland has conducted research on public goods and services in rural China, collaboration between civil society organizations and the local state, local government responsiveness in Taiwan, ethnic politics in China and Taiwan, and political science pedagogy; these projects have been published in Governance, China Quarterly, and the Journal of Political Science Education. Her new research focuses on paradiplomacy between cities and states in the US, Taiwan, and mainland China, and on “e-governance” and local government responsiveness in Taiwan. She teaches courses on the politics of mainland China and Taiwan, comparative politics, and research design. She also runs the East Asian Politics Lab, where Smith undergraduates conduct paid research on the politics of mainland China and Taiwan.

Newland is a member of the U.S.-Taiwan Next Generation Working Group and a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Previously, she was an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University and a China public policy postdoctoral fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.

Selected Publications

Sara A. Newland. 2023. "Direct Election, Bureaucratic Appointment and Local Government Responsiveness in Taiwan." China Quarterly.

Sara A. Newland. 2022. “Paradiplomacy as a response to international isolation: the case of Taiwan.” Pacific Review.

Sara A. Newland and John Chung-en Liu. 2021. “Ethnic Identity and Local Government Responsiveness in Taiwan.” Governance 34(3): 875–892.

Sara A. Newland and Bridget Black. 2020. “More than Multiple Choice: A Toolbox for Incorporating Clickers Into Political Science Courses.Journal of Political Science Education 16(2): 158–175.

Innovators and Implementers: The Multilevel Politics of Civil Society Governance in Rural China.” 2018. China Quarterly 233: 22–42.

Which Public? Whose Goods? What We Know (and What We Don’t) About Public Goods in Rural China.” 2016. China Quarterly 228: 881–904.

Responding to China’s Rise: US and EU Strategies, edited by Vinod K. Aggarwal and Sara A. Newland. 2014. Springer.

“Introduction," (with Vinod K. Aggarwal), pp. 3–26, in Responding to China’s Rise: US and EU Strategies, edited by Vinod K. Aggarwal and Sara A. Newland. 2014. Springer.