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Penelope B. Prime

Clinical Professor of International Business, Georgia State University

Dr. Penelope Prime, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. She is clinical professor of international business at the Institute of International Business, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, and visiting professor at Duke University teaching at Duke Kunshan University in China, spring semester 2019. Her teaching and research focus on international trade and development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy and business environment.

Dr. Prime’s experience includes directing study abroad programs, taking more than 400 students to China and other countries; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; traveling across most of China and living in Nanjing and Beijing for extended periods of time; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Dr. Prime is founding director of the China Research Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China, and the managing editor of the center’s journal, China Currents. She also serves on a number of journal and community boards. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, Carleton College and Emory University.


  • 2012–present
    Professor, Georgia State University
  • 2001–present
    Director, China Research Center