• Executive Director
  • daniel_murphy@fas.harvard.edu
  • (617) 384-6606

Dan Murphy is executive director of Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Fund.

Before coming to Harvard he served as the inaugural program director for Yale Center Beijing. In that role, he worked in partnership with deans, faculty, and key contacts in China to produce programming at Yale’s facility in Beijing. From 2008-14 Dan was at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, finishing as director of special initiatives. At the National Committee he worked to develop the Public Intellectuals Program, which connects America’s next generation of leading China scholars with policymakers and the media. He also led delegations of senior American Congressional staff on study visits to China, directed a range of other programming, and led successful grant initiatives that were funded by the State Department and private foundations. 

Dan received a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, where he studied politics. He also holds an M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. in English and Chinese Language and Literature from Connecticut College. In 2001, Dan was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. He serves on the advisory board of SupChina and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He speaks fluent Mandarin.

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