Sustainable China Lab

In the Sustainable China Lab, we work with Dr. Juliet Lu on her postdoctoral project, "Wheels of Change: Equitable Engagement in the Global Tire Industry's Sustainable Rubber Supply Chain Turn." We contribute to key research tasks and learn the processes and skills underlying academic research. We are responsible for a combination of research tasks and communications tasks tailored to our specific interests and professional goals. The vision for this lab is to assist and learn from Dr. Juliet Lu, as well as contribute to our academic knowledge of research and create transferable skillsets for our future endeavors.

2021-2022 Members

Isaac Herzog '23

I am a Junior double majoring in China & Asia Pacific Studies (CAPS) and Linguistics. I've traveled to China multiple times, including through the US government's National Security Language Initiative for Youth fellowship. In addition to work at Sustainable China Lab, I am also a research assistant within the History department collecting data on police brutality in early-to-mid twentieth century America. My research interests include Sinitic philology, syntax, Chinese political economy, and international relations. After my undergraduate studies, I plan to attend graduate school or pursue a PhD and ultimately work in US-China relations or within the field of philology. Outside of academics, I enjoy reading, playing guitar, and sudoku, and am a member of Cornell Glee Club.

Angela Pan '23

I’m Angela Pan, a junior double major in Government and China & Asia-Pacific Studies. I am interested in the role of China in development aid, its role in sustainable development, and international cooperation. You can find me on LinkedIn here. I love baking and exploring waterfalls around Ithaca!


2020-2021 Members

The lab accomplished a number of things this year, including the publication of this piece on One Green Planet entitled, "Making Rubber Sustainable, from Tree to Tire."

Amber Zhang '21

Hello, I’m Amber and I’m a Senior at Cornell University majoring in Development Sociology with a minor in Business. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in environmental law that utilizes interdisciplinary approaches to solve climate change issues. In my free time, I like to watch vapid reality TV and practice mindfulness. 

Jada Kissi '21

I am a senior with a double major in Communication and Development Sociology, and minors in Demography and Leadership. With my academic focuses and passion for problem-solving with research, I want to have a career in the development industry. In this field, I hope to work for and with organizations that are dedicated to ethically uplifting nations, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa. My research focus has spanned development aid and women's sexual and reproductive health. I am in the process of finalizing and publishing my research paper, The Ties Between Sexually Empowering Ghanaian Women and Family Planning. My hobbies are writing, hiking, and watching This is Us. You can find me on LinkedIn here and check out my blog here.

Maggie Gaus '22

I am a junior double majoring in Development Sociology and Environment and Sustainability Studies. My research interests include political ecology, environmental justice, and climate change communication. Aside from the Sustainable China Lab, I am also a research assistant for the Civic Ecology Lab, where I study the intersection of urban agriculture education and youth engagement. I am the president of the Cornell Coffee Club and a violist in Cornell Orchestras. I enjoy hiking, playing music, and vegan baking.