China and the World

Promoting new research and public understanding of China’s interactions with the rest of the world.

China continues to occupy a central and growing role in global affairs. Building on the Fairbank Center’s 60 years of engaging in scholarship on U.S.-China relations, we are launching new collaborative research projects with centers across Harvard to better understand China’s interactions with other regions worldwide. In fall 2015, the Fairbank Center and Harvard’s South Asia Institute launched a collaborative project on “Meritocracy in China and India,” and we continue to find new ways to develop research on China’s role in Africa with Harvard’s Center for African Studies.

Expertise

Odd Arne Westad
Odd Arne Westad

Odd Arne Westad

S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations

Odd Arne Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy School of Government. He is an expert on contemporary international history and on the eastern Asian region.

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stephen goldstein
stephen goldstein

Steven Goldstein

Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College

Research interests: Chinese domestic and foreign policy, mainland China-Taiwan relations and US-Taiwan relations.

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Erez Manela

Professor of History

Erez Manela (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world.

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Mark Wu
Mark Wu

Mark Wu

Assistant Professor of Law

Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches international trade and international economic law. Previously, he served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative whereRead More

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joseph fewsmith
joseph fewsmith

Joseph Fewsmith

Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University

Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University. He is the author or editor of eight books, including, most recently, The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China (January 2013).

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Robert Ross
Robert Ross

Robert S. Ross 陆伯彬

Professor of Political Science, Boston College

Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1984.

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Anthony Saich
Anthony Saich

Anthony Saich

Daewoo Professor of International Affairs

Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China.

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Ezra Vogel
Ezra Vogel

Ezra F. Vogel 傅高义

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, former Director of the Fairbank Center

Professor Vogel succeeded John Fairbank as second Director (1972-1977) of Harvard's East Asian Research Center (now the Fairbank Center) and second Chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies (1977-1980).

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Alastair Iain Johnston 江忆恩

Governor James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs

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, mostlyRead More

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Research Projects

Africa-China Initiative

The nexus between Africa and China is in critical need of further study, beginning with the development of an integrative research agenda based on a careful survey of the field. With this in mind, the Harvard University Center for African Studies, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Harvard University Asia Center have launched a four-year Africa-China Initiative, which began in fall 2015.

To learn more about the initiative, see here

Meritocracy in China and India Project

To date, the FC and SAI have sponsored two roundtable discussions (April 24, 2015, and November 23, 2015) to explore the concept of “talent” or “meritocracy” in order to identify promising themes and directions for more targeted conferences to be held during the next two academic years. The first two roundtables, held at Harvard, brought together a total of twenty-three scholars of both India and China primarily located in the Boston region.

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