James Williams

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Massachusetts native James Williams is a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina majoring in economics and Asian studies with a minor in statistics. Having studied, volunteered, and worked in China, James speaks fluent Mandarin and won a national Mandarin public speaking and talent competition for his original stand-up comedy routine. James has conducted research on Sino-Africa relations, taught a university course on the subject, and directed a global conference about Chinese and American grand strategies in Africa and Asia. While in England, James will study economic development and Chinese politics to better understand China’s impact in developing countries.