Wang Yueduan
J.D.’15 and S.J.D.’21, Harvard Law School

Professor Alford’s mentorship has been one of the most important aspects of my experience at HLS. He is much more than an advisor on China law. His views on Chinese politics, society, history, philosophy, and its comparison with other countries are all extremely incisive and inspiring. His teachings provide the very foundations for many of the core ideas in my articles and dissertation. In particular, his critiques on my writings are among the most intellectually challenging and helpful pieces of advice I have ever received, which often become the basis for much needed improvements (or soul-searching). He is also a very caring mentor who always looks out for his students’ wellbeing as shown in his tireless work to help the students during the recent pandemic. I am infinitely grateful for everything he has done for me and my friends over the past eight years, and happy that he now has more time to write down his thinking, which will benefit the less fortunate unable to learn from him in person.