Matt Sheehan served as a foreign correspondent in China and is currently a nonresident fellow at the Paulson Institute's think tank, MacroPolo. There he researches and writes on the Sino–U.S. technology relationship and ties between California and China. In 2018, he was short–listed for the Young China Watcher of the Year Award. Sheehan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent over five years living in mainland China. His writing has been published in Vice News, The WorldPost, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic. He is based in Oakland, California.