Naima Green-Riley is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Politics and the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Her research interests include Chinese foreign policy, public opinion, and international political communication. Her ongoing work focuses on public diplomacy as performed by China and the United States and the role of race in public opinion about foreign policy.

Her research has been supported by the Wilson Center China Fellowship, the Morris Abrams Award in International Relations, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Coverage of her expertise and research have appeared in the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post, The Root, and a series at the National Bureau of Asian Research; furthermore, she has made public appearances at the Aspen Security Forum and the CSIS Future Strategy Forum.

She has a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in International Relations with honors from Stanford University.  Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., she was a Pickering Fellow and a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, serving first in Egypt and then in China.

Selected Publications

  • Naima Green-Riley and Andrew Leber, “Whose War is it Anyway? Explaining the Black-White Gap in Support for the Use of Force Abroad,” Security Studies, 2023.
  • Naima Green-Riley, Dominika Kruszewska-Eduardo, and Ze Fu, “Teargas and Selfie Cams: Foreign Protests and Media in the Digital Age,” Journal of Experimental Political Science, 2021.

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Wilson China Fellowship, Wilson Center, 2023-24
  • Public Intellectual Program Fellowship, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2021-23
  • Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation on a subject relating to the promotion of world peace, Government Department, Harvard University, 2023
  • Honorable Mention, APSA Foreign Policy Section Best Graduate Student Paper, 2021
  • Morris Abrams Award in International Relations, 2020
  • Distinction in Teaching Award, Harvard University, 2018