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

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).

Read More
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies | CGIS South Building | 1730 Cambridge Street | Cambridge MA 02138
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.

Read More
John F. Kennedy School of Government | Mailbox 74 | 79 JFK Street | Cambridge | MA 02138
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.

Read More
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies | CGIS South Building | 1730 Cambridge Street | Cambridge MA 02138
Nara Dillon
Nara Dillon

Nara Dillon

Lecturer on Government; Lecturer on East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Nara Dillon received her B.A. in history from Williams College and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2003 to 2007 she taught Chinese politics and comparative politics as an Assistant Professor at Bard College.

Read More
2 Divinity Avenue | Cambridge MA, 02138

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.

Read More
Robinson Hall | 35 Quincy Street | Cambridge, MA 02138
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

Harvard Law School | Griswold 302 | Cambridge | MA 02138
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).

Read More
156 Bay State Road Room 401 Boston, Massachusetts 02215
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.

Read More
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies | CGIS South Building | 1730 Cambridge Street | Cambridge MA 02138
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.

Read More
John F. Kennedy School of Government | Mailbox 74 | 79 JFK Street | Cambridge, MA 02138
1 2

Research Projects

Africa-China Initiative

The Africa-China Initiative brings together Harvard faculty and graduate students from across the university with scholars from across the globe to identify key areas for research and theoretical interventions.

Despite China’s increasing engagement in Africa, this major geopolitical transformation remains poorly understood, with much media coverage polarized, representing Chinese interests either as benevolent investors or as rapacious resource extractors and African stakeholders either as canny profiteers or helpless victims of a new colonialism. This nexus between Africa and China is therefore in critical need of further study. The opportunity to shape the agenda of the field of Africa-China studies is a rare opening to frame a new kind of area studies. To meet this need, the Harvard University Center for African Studies has launched a four-year Africa-Asia Initiative.

The Africa – Asia Conference Series explores key themes Including:

  • The role of business and entrepreneurship, including dynamics between state and individual enterprises, the effect of Special Economic Zones, and labor relations, and the significance of natural resources;
  • The concept of “empire,” including historical dimensions and parallels, particularly theories of empire and the significance of China’s policy of non-interference in light of its increasing role in security on the African continent;
  • The importance of law and legal enforcement regimes, including the role of bilateral trade agreements, environmental protection regimes, labor law, immigration law, and corporate social responsibility, and the role of bodies such as the Supervision and Administrative Commission (SASAC) and Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC);
  • Disability and public health, Chinese medical missions in Africa, and distinctions between Chinese and “Western” approaches to public health.

Learn more about the initiative at the Harvard University Center for African Studies.

Meritocracy in China and India Project

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Lakshmi Singh South Asia Institute have sponsored three roundtable discussions 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 roundtables, held at Harvard and at the Harvard Center Shanghai, brought together a total of thirty-six scholars of both India and China primarily located in the Boston region.

Read more about the China-India Meritocracy Workshop.

Participants at the February 9, 2018, Meritocracy in India and China Roundtable Discussion organized by the Fairbank Center and the South Asia Institute:

Peter K. Bol: Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University; Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury: Assistant Professor in the Technology and Operations Management Unit, Harvard Business School

Peijun Duan: Chief Expert for Strategy Studies, Senior Professor, Central Party School, China;
Distinguished Fellow, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Associate in Research, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University; Alumni Fellow, Asia Program, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Mark Elliott: Vice Provost of International Affairs, Harvard University; Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Harvard University

Devesh Kapur: Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India; Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, University of Pennsylvania; Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Tarun Khanna: Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University

William C. Kirby: Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University; Director, Harvard China Fund, Harvard University

Sudhir Krishnaswamy: Professor of Law, Azim Premji University, India; Director, School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, India

E. Roger Owen: A. J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus, Harvard University

Elizabeth J. Perry: Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, the Harvard-Yenching Institute

Ajantha Subramanian: Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Michael Szonyi: Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University; Director, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Ashutosh Varshney: Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences, Brown University; Director, Brown-India Initiative, Brown University

 

Participants at the November 23, 2015, Meritocracy in India and China Roundtable Discussion organized by the Fairbank Center and the South Asia Institute:

Nara Dillon: Lecturer in Government, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Social Studies at Harvard since 2008

Mark Elliott: Vice Provost for International Affairs; Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of History.

Zhu Fangsheng: Doctoral Student in Sociology.

Emily Hannum: Associate Professor of Sociology and Education.

Ya-Wen Lei: Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Jennifer Rudolph: Associate Professor of Asian History and International Studies and Co-Director of the China Hub at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Yun Zhou: Doctoral Student in Sociology

Lakshmi Iyer: Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

Tarun Khanna: Director, Harvard South Asia Institute, and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor HBS.

Sudhir Krishnaswamy: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Visiting Professor of Indian Constitutional Law. Krishnaswamy is on the faculty of Azim Premji University.

Ajantha Subramanian: Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Harvard University.

Prerna Singh: Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Singh is Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University

Ashutosh Varshney: Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University, where he also directs the Brown-India Initiative.

 

Participants at the May 6, 2015 Meritocracy in India and China Roundtable Discussion organized by the Fairbank Center and the South Asia Institute: 

Isher Ahluwalia: Chairperson, Board of Governors, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.

Peter Bol: Vice Provost for Advances in Learning; Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.

Lincoln Chen: President, China Medical Board.

Raj Choudhury: Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School.

Mark Elliott: Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of History, Harvard University.

Arunabh Ghosh: Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. PhD, Department of History, Columbia University. Now Assistant Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University

Lakshmi Iyer: Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School.

Tarun Khanna: Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, South Asia Institute.

William C. Kirby: Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies.

Shivshankar Menon: Indian Diplomat, former National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Roger Owen: A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History, Harvard University.

Nicholas Robinson: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Law School.

Jennifer Rudolph: Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Marijk van der Wende: Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College; Harvard University, Visiting Scholar.

Ashutosh Varshney: is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University, where he also directs the Brown-India Initiative.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Publications

Latest News

Ambassador Cui Tiankai Speaks at the Fairbank Center

On Tuesday April 17, 2018 the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University hosted His Excellency Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the United States. Ambassador Cui spoke at a public address, where he addressed pressing issues...

read more

Spring 2018 Courses on China

FRESHMEN SEMINAR FRSEMR 61M: The Silk Road as History, Culture, and Politics Mark Elliott Description:In 1923, Harvard’s Fogg Museum of Art sought to add to its collections by sending Langdon Warner, the University’s first professor of Asian art, on an expedition to...

read more
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies