Dongxian Jiang is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Politics, specializing in political theory. His main research interests include nationalism and liberalism, colonialism and imperialism, human rights, global public reason, and comparative political theory. His dissertation explores the possibility of justifying the universal validity of liberal principles, especially the constitutional protection of civil and political rights, in the face of cultural differences in the entire world. In addition to contemporary normative issues, Dongxian is also interested in history of political thought, especially modern Western political thought and Chinese intellectual history. Dongxian received bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Philosophy from Peking University (China) and a M.A. in Political Science from Duke University.