Shelley Rigger is the Brown Professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College. She teaches courses on East Asian Politics, including domestic politics of East Asian countries and the international relations of the region. Her research and writing focuses on Taiwanese politics and on the relationships among the United States, the People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan.

In 2019-2020 Shelley was a Fulbright scholar at National Taiwan University in Taipei, studying the political and social views of Taiwanese youth. She has been a visiting professor at two universities in the People’s Republic of China: Fudan University (2006) and Shanghai Jiaotong University (2013 & 2015) and was a visiting researcher at National Chengchi University in Taiwan in 2005. She is also a non-resident fellow of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University and a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). Shelley interacts frequently with US government officials, especially in the Taiwan policy field.

She held a number of administrative posts at Davidson College; currently serves as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. She also a director of The Taiwan Fund, a closed-end investment fund specializing in Taiwan-listed companies.