Mr. James Tyson
Specialization: International Affairs
Home institution in US: Columbia University, New York City, New York
Host Institution in India: Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Mr. James Tyson recently graduated from Columbia University, New York with a B.A. in political science with honors and an additional concentration in psychology. While at university, he focused primarily on Asian politics and languages. James developed a keen interest in China while studying Mandarin in Beijing, and in 2010 he earned a scholarship to study at Fudan University in Shanghai for the 2010-2011 academic year. Beginning in 2011, he worked on a Weatherhead East Asian Institute-funded project to investigate rural-to-urban migrants’ place in China’s social safety net. He used fieldwork data, gleaned from over 50 one-on-one interviews with migrants, NGO workers, and experts in Shanghai, to write his honors thesis in political science. He is fluent in Mandarin and intermediate in Hindi and Urdu. His work experience includes internships at the U.S. Department of State and various think tanks in Washington. While not working, he enjoys surfing, sailing, and mountaineering, as well as reading newspapers and short fiction. During his time abroad, James hopes to broaden his understanding of Asia beyond China, and thereby prepare for a career in journalism or public service.

Mr. Tyson plans to perform field research on China-supported infrastructure projects in India for his Fulbright research project, “Empowering the Elephant: China's Foreign Direct Investment in India's Infrastructure”. He will travel to steel plants, roads and power facilities to determine the sources of China's foreign direct investment (FDI) in India and its impact on India's government, business and labor. He will ascertain India's goals and assess benefits generated by Chinese FDI.