Government

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.

Expertise

Robert Ross
Robert Ross

Robert S. Ross

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

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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Yuhua Wang
Yuhua Wang

Yuhua Wang

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

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stephen goldstein
stephen goldstein

Stephen Goldstein

Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Smith College

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

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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.

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Elizabeth J. Perry
Elizabeth J. Perry

Elizabeth J. Perry

Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government; former Director of the Fairbank Center

Elizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. She is a comparativist with special expertise in the politics of China. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipientRead More

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roderick macfarquhar
roderick macfarquhar

Roderick MacFarquhar

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.

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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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Research Projects

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.

Read selected quotes from our panelists here

Upcoming Events

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Liberalism, Globalization, Populism and Nationalism in the World Today

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Publications

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A Fairbank Guide to AAS in Toronto

With the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Toronto just around the corner, the Fairbank Center has a handy guide for how to decide which of the myriad of panels you could attend. Below, we take a look at our faculty, associates, graduate students and...

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Spring 2017 Courses on China

COURSES PRIMARILY FOR UNDERGRADUATES BusinessSOCWORLD 49: The Worlds of Business in Modern ChinaWilliam KirbyChina was home to the world's largest economy two centuries ago. Within two decades it will be the world's largest economy again. This course uses...

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