P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Neysun Mahboubi, 2000

Director, Penn Project on the Future of U.S.-China Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Neysun Mahboubi is the child of immigrants from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Columbia University

NEYSUN A. MAHBOUBI is the 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.

Neysun is a 1997 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in politics, learned Chinese, and won the highest departmental prize for his senior thesis on Chinese administrative law. He also served as class president and Honor Committee chair. He completed his JD in 2001 at Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

After graduating from law school, Neysun clerked for the Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He then served as a trial attorney for the Federal Programs Branch of the US Department of Justice. He was a fellow of the China Law Center, and Tutor in Law, at Yale Law School, and has also taught at Penn Carey Law School, Princeton University's School of Public & International Affairs, and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He frequently comments on Chinese law and policy developments and U.S.-China relations for various media outlets. At the University of Pennsylvania, he also hosts the podcast of Penn's Center for Study of Contemporary China, and is a Research Affiliate of the Penn Program on Regulation, for whom he hosts the Law & Governance series.

Neysun is a member of the Baha'i­ Faith, and his parents immigrated to the United States from Iran in the 1970s.

  • JD Law | Columbia University 2001
  • AB Politics | Princeton University 1997
Work History
  • University of Pennsylvania, Director, Penn Project on the Future of U.S.-China Relations
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