• Governor James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs
  • johnston@fas.harvard.edu
  • http://scholar.harvard.edu/aijohnston/home
  • CGIS North Building | 1737 Cambridge Street | Cambridge MA 20138

Research interests: socialization in international institutions; the analysis of identity in the social sciences; ideational sources of strategic choice, mostly with reference to China and East Asia.

Alastair Iain Johnston is the Gov. James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs in the Government Department at Harvard University. He has written on socialization theory, identity and political behavior, and strategic culture, mostly with application to the study of East Asian international relations and Chinese foreign policy. Johnston is the author of Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History (Princeton 1995) and Social States: China in International Institutions, 1980-2000 (Princeton University Press, 2008), and is co-editor of Engaging China: The Management of an Emerging Power (Routledge 1999), New Directions in the Study of China’s Foreign Policy (Stanford 2006), Crafting Cooperation: Regional Institutions in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge 2007), Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Scientists (Cambridge 2009), and Perception and Misperception in American and Chinese Views of the Other (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2015).

From the Fairbank Blog: 

Three Contradictions in Trump’s China Policy (Thus Far), January 2017

From the Fairbank Podcast:


Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies