April A. Herlevi, Ph.D.


University of Virginia

City: Arlington, Virginia - 22201

Country: United States

About Me:

Dr. Herlevi earned her PhD in international relations and comparative politics from the University of Virginia (May 2018). She holds a Master’s of Public Policy from George Mason University and a BA in political science and economics from North Carolina State University. She studied Mandarin at Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Zhejiang University of Technology (Hangzhou). She has conducted field research in the China and the Middle East. Prior to the PhD, she served in the federal government including civilian positions with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Herlevi has published on China-Middle East relations, China’s domestic special economic zones, and is working on a manuscript about China's economic statecraft.

Research Interests

Foreign Policy

Asian Politics

Political Economy


Foreign Aid

Australia And Pacific Island Politics

Specific Areas of Interest

Special Economic Zones

China's Global Presence

China's BR Initiative

Countries of Interest



My Research:

Dr. Herlevi's research examines China’s foreign economic policy and the increasing role of China's commercial, economic, and military actors in the Indo-Pacific region.