Matt Ferchen’s research focuses on the connections between China's foreign and domestic political economy. He has written extensively about China's economic statecraft, China's developing country diplomacy and debates about the "China Model" of development. He is particularly interested in lessons researchers and policy makers can learn from comparisons of China's economic and political relations with different regions from Southeast Asia, to Latin America to Europe and the United States.
From 2008 to 2017 Ferchen was a faculty member in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University and from 2011 to 2019 he was a scholar with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. He holds an MA from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a PhD from Cornell.