Neysun Mahboubi


Neysun A. Mahboubi is Director of the Penn Project on the Future of U.S.-China Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches various courses related to Chinese history, law, and policy. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously he was a Research Scholar of Penn's Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and he continues to host the CSCC Podcast. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Penn Program on Regulation, for whom he hosts the Law & Governance series. His primary academic interests are in the areas of administrative law, comparative law, and Chinese law, and his current writing focuses on the development of modern Chinese administrative law. He has chaired the international committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, advised both the Asia Foundation and the Administrative Conference of the United States on Chinese administrative procedure reform, and moderates the Comparative Administrative Law Listserv hosted by Yale Law School. He frequently comments on Chinese law and policy developments and U.S.-China relations for various media outlets, including most recently WBUR's Here & Now, the Sinica PodcastBloomberg TVCGTN America, and KQED's Forum. He has taught also at Princeton University's School of Public & International Affairs, the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Yale Law School. Earlier in his career, he served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division (Federal Programs Branch) of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk to Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University.


You can follow him on Twitter @NeysunM, on SoundCloud, and on YouTube

Courses Taught: 

PPE 4903 Advanced Seminar in PPE: Policy Task Force on US-China Relations (Spring 2025)