Dr Samantha Hoffman
ExpertiseThe domestic and global implications of the People's Republic of China's tech-enhanced authoritarianism (including specific subjects like: social management, smart cities and social credit), and the Chinese Communist Party's state security strategy.
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Dr Samantha Hoffman is a Senior Analyst at ASPI. Her work explores the domestic and global implications of the Chinese Communist Party’s approach to state security. It offers new ways of thinking about understanding and responding to China’s pursuit of artificial intelligence and big data-enabled capabilities to augment political and social control.
Dr Hoffman holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham (2017), an MSc in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford (2011), a BA in International Affairs from Florida State University (2010), and a BA in Chinese Language and Culture from Florida State University (2010).
Dr Hoffman’s analysis is widely sought after by governments across the world and media. She has publicly testified in the United States Congress, the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, and the European Parliament, including:
- U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 15 April 2021, hearing on "An Assessment of the CCP’s Economic Ambitions, Plans, and Metrics of Success"
- UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, 2 March 2021, oral evidence on “Xinjiang detention camps, HC 800”.
- EU Parliament China Delegation, 26 February 2021, meeting on “China and Artificial Intelligence”.
- U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 16 May 2019, hearing on “China’s Digital Authoritarianism: Surveillance, Influence, and Political Control”.
- U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, 28 November 2018, hearing on “The Communist Party’s Crackdown on Religion in China”.
Among other advisory roles, she is a member of the Hoover Institution's Digital Currency and Electronic Payments working group.
She regularly quoted in international media, including in WIRED, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, the BBC, The Guardian (UK and Australia), The Australian Broadcast Corporation, The Daily Beast, Financial Review, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, Science, CNBC, and Newsweek. Several media outlets have published long-form interviews with Dr Hoffman, covering her views on China and technology, including The Asahi Shimbun, MIT Technology Review, and The Observer (Sunday edition of The Guardian, UK).