While the Fairbank Center has a long, proud tradition of inquiry into Chinese history, it also has a commitment to the study of contemporary China. The Center holds a variety of events throughout the year focusing on contemporary Chinese policy, economy, and the historical underpinnings behind the China of today. Recently, a faculty panel responded to questions concerning President Xi Jinping and his plans for China’s future.
Roderick MacFarquhar 马若德
Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science, Emeritus, former Director of the Fairbank Center
Roderick MacFarquhar is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science and formerly Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.Read More
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
Merle Goldman 戈德曼
Professor of History Emerita, Boston University
Merle Goldman is the author of a number of books on modern Chinese history and culture. Her last two books, China’s Intellectuals: Advise and Dissent (1981) and Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China (1994), were selected by the NewRead More
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
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
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
Assistant Professor of Government
Yuhua Wang is assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on state institutions and state-business relations in China, and he is the author of Tying the Autocrat’s Hands: The Rise of the Rule ofRead More
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
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
Ci Jiwei Democracy and China: Philosophical-Political Reflections Lecture Series
In partnership with a number of other schools and centers, the Fairbank Center hosted the first of Professor Ci Jiwei’s five part lecture series on democracy and China. Professor Ci Jiwei gave his first talk of the series, entitled “Must China Be Faulted for Its Political System?”, at the Fairbank Center, and examined the political, ideological, and normative stakes in political-system hostility and discussed, as a matter of global justice, what approach to political-system differences is most conducive to peace and democracy.
Xi Jinping Symposium
As China’s President, Xi Jinping, made his first official visit to Washington, U.S.-China relations entered a challenging period. Issues of the economy, cyber security, the South China Sea, human rights, the rule of law, and the environment are all prevalent in today’s relations between U.S.-China, and President Xi’s visit was a pinnacle event for the U.S. diplomatic calendar.
In this town-hall style event, the audience posed anonymous questions they would have asked President Xi had he visited Harvard. The Center’s expert panelists Ezra Vogel, William Kirby, Meg Rithmire, and Ya-Wen Lei, chaired by the Fairbank Center’s former Faculty Director Mark Elliott, debated what President Xi’s answers might look like.
FRESHMEN SEMINAR FRSEMR 70L: Ancient East Asia: Contested Archaeologies of China, Korea and Japan Rowan Flad How is our understanding of the past determined or framed by the concerns of the present? This course considers this problem with a focus on East Asia. In the...read more
New from Harvard University Asia Center Press: Legal Lessons: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1989, by Jennifer Altehenger The popularization of basic legal knowledge is an important and contested technique of state governance in China...read more