The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University brings together a global community of world-leading academics and practitioners to advance scholarship in all fields of China Studies.

  • Announcing Our 2024 Graduates

    New PhDs who were affiliated with the Fairbank Centerduring their dissertation fieldwork and completion Each year, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies awards the Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship to a […]

  • Announcing Our 2024-25 An Wang and Hou Family Fellows

    The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024-25 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships and Hou Family Fellowships in Taiwan Studies. Our incoming An Wang Fellows are Shengqiao […]

  • Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program Convenes 20th Annual Conference

    In March, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies hosted the 20th annual conference of the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program (CWP). Founded in 2004, CWP is committed to integrating […]

History of the Center

The Fairbank Center was founded in 1955 by Professor John King Fairbank, a leading scholar in modern and contemporary China studies.

History of China at Harvard

Harvard University has promoted the study of China since the appointment of our first Chinese-language instructor in 1879.

Harvard Tercentenary Stele

This slender marble slab, or stele, was presented to Harvard in 1936 as a gift from Chinese alumni on the occasion of the University’s tercentenary, and stands to the side of Widener Library.

Our Community Policies

The Fairbank Center is unambiguously committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment for our community.

The Fairbank Center stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander Communities.