Yan Bennett is the Assistant Director for the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton, Bennett was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. Bennett teaches diplomacy and international affairs as a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs. For 2022-23, she is Visiting Presidential Professor at Illinois State University (non-resident), where she teaches the practice and history of American diplomacy. She also has a number of publications on the rule of law under the Xi administration, China's emerging political philosophy, and Chinese foreign policy, such as the Belt and Road Initiative. She is working on a number of book projects, including a quantitative comparative examination of China with the United States and the history of American discourse on China.