Adam Martyn was the program coordinator of the China Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from New York University. As a student at NYU, Martyn researched infanticide in rural West Africa. He also spent a semester studying at Eastern China Normal University in Shanghai. Prior to attending NYU, Martyn served as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he coordinated several technical training events and developed health and education outreach programs.