Ava Shen

Editor-in-Chief, The SAIS Review


Ava Ao Shen is a second-year M.A. candidate concentrating in China Studies. Her research interests include Chinese foreign policy in Asia, cross-strait relations, and US-China relations. She is a summer intern at the Stimson Center's China Program. Aside from her role at the SAIS Review, Ava is the president of the SAIS China Club and a moderator of the student-led SAIS US-China Dialogue Initiative. Previously, she served as the Editor-In-Chief of the SAIS China Studies Review. 


Ava graduated with honors from Boston University with majors in international relations and French studies. During that time, she studied in France for one year and interned at the General Consulate of France in Boston. She wrote her senior thesis on history education reform in Taiwan. She was born and raised in Zhengzhou, China.