Most recently at the Naval War College, Christopher Mirasola focuses on US-China tension in the Asia-Pacific on disputes in the South and East China Seas. Mirasola wrote on these issues for the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at Center for Strategic International Studies and has a paper forthcoming on historic rights in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This work builds on experience at the State Department’s DPRK desk analyzing interstate relations in East Asia. Mirasola became interested in China as a Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins and therefore wrote an undergraduate thesis on grievance resolution mechanisms in China’s countryside. He deepened his understanding of the Chinese judicial system at International Bridges to Justice, where he designed trainings for Chinese criminal defense attorneys. In addition to studying Mandarin at the School of Oriental and African Studies and CET Beijing, Mirasola volunteered as an English teacher in Changsha, Hunan.