Johanna M. Costigan is a writer and Junior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis. Her writing focuses on China’s digital governance, modern history and contested memory, and heterogeneous publics. She has an M.Sc. in Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford and graduated from Bard College with degrees in East Asian Studies and Written Arts.

Last Updated: November 9, 2022



The Beginning of the End for Zero COVID?

Taylor Loeb, Johanna M. Costigan & more
At the end of October, videos began circulating on social media of workers at an iPhone plant in the city of Zhengzhou fleeing factory grounds to escape a quarantine lockdown of some 200,000 employees. Whether the workers wanted to escape the...



Why Is the FBI Investigating Americans Who Study in China?

Rosie Levine, Johanna M. Costigan & more
Over the last two years, the FBI has questioned at least five U.S. citizens who have studied at Yenching Academy, a Master’s degree program hosted by Peking University. The purpose of the interviews, according to NPR, is to “ascertain whether they...