Jeffrey S. Payne is a Research Fellow and Academic Affairs Manager at the Near East-South Asia (NESA) Center at the National Defense University, which he joined in 2012 after serving for five years as an Instructor of Political Science at Butler University. As a Research Fellow at the NESA Center, Payne conducts analysis on Chinese foreign policy, South Asian security affairs, maritime security, and transnational movements. While at Butler, he taught classes on Asian politics, social movements, international relations, and political economy. Payne has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and as a faculty member for DePauw University. Payne received his Master’s Degree from Indiana University. Originally hailing from the Midwest, he has lived in China and traveled extensively throughout Asia.