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Research interests: the interplay between state and society in Asia and the respective roles they play in the provision of public goods and services at the local level; developments in China; international law.

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. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Programs, the Asia Energy Leaders Program and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials.

Saich first visited China as a student in 1976 and continues to visit each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.

Saich is a trustee member of the National Committee on US-China Relations (2014-), AMC Entertainment Inc., the chair of the China Medical Board, and International Bridges to Justice. He is also the US Secretary-General of the China United States Strategic Philanthropy. He sits on the executive committees of the Harvard University Council on Asia Studies, South Asia Initiative and the Asia Center. He serves as the Harvard representative of the Kennedy Memorial Trust and previously was the representative for the Ford Foundation’s China Office from 1994 to 1999. Prior to this, he was director of the Sinological Institute at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

His current research focuses on politics and governance in post-Mao China, China’s urbanization and rural-urban inequality in China; and the interplay between state and society in Asia and the respective roles they play in the provision of public goods and services at the local level. His most recent books include Governance and Politics of China (Fourth Edition, 2015); Chinese Village, Global Market (2012); Providing Public Goods in Transitional China (2008); Revolutionary Discourse in Mao’s Republic (with David Apter, 1998); The Rise to Power of the Chinese Communist Party (1996); and China’s Science Policy in the 80s (1989); He has edited books on Political Governance in China, 2015, Philanthropy for Health in China (with Jennifer Ryan and Lincoln Chen, 2014), China's urbanization (with Shahid Yusuf, 2008), HIV/AIDS (with Joan Kaufman and Arthur Kleinman, 2006), and the Reform of China’s Financial Sector ( with Yasheng Huang and Edward Steinfeld., 2005).

He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Letters, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He received his master’s degree in politics with special reference to China from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and his bachelor’s degree in politics and geography from the University of Newcastle, UK. Away from the office, he enjoys time with his two children, movies, and soccer.

Anthony Saich是艾什民主治理与创新中心主任,Daewoo 国际事务教授。他的教学方向包括比较政治制度,民主治理,以及中国的转型经济。作为艾什中心主任,Saich还担任Rajawali 亚洲基金会主任、中国项目、亚洲能源领袖项目和印度尼西亚领导力变革项目主席,这些项目面向中国和印度尼西亚的国家和地方官员开展培训。



他目前的研究关注于毛泽东后中国的政治和治理,中国的城市化和城乡贫富差距问题,亚洲地区国家与社会的互动,以及国家和社会在地方层面提供公共产品和服务中所扮演的角色。他最近的著作包括《中国的治理与政治》(第四版,2015);《中国乡镇,世界市场》(2012);《转型中国公共产品的提供》(2008);《毛泽东共和的革命话语》(与David Apter合著,1998);《中国共产党的权力崛起》(1996);《80年代中国的科学政策》(1989)。他主编的作品包括《中国的政治治理》(2015),《中国卫生慈善事业》(与Jennifer Ryan 和 Lincoln Chen合编,2014),《中国城市化》(与Shahid Yusuf合编,2008),《艾滋病毒与艾滋病》(与 Joan Kaufman和 Arthur Kleinman合编,2006),和《中国金融业的改革》(与Yasheng Huang 和 Edward Steinfeld合编,2005)。


Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles

Saich, Anthony. "Controlling Political Communication and Civil Society under Xi Jinping." Merics Papers on China No. 1 (June 2016): 22-25.

Saich, Anthony. "How China's Citizens View the Quality of Governance under Xi Jinping." Journal of Chinese Governance 1.1 (March 2016): 1-20.

Saich, Anthony. "How China's Citizens View the Quality of Governance Under Xi Jinping." Journal of Chinese Governance 1.1 (March 2016): 1-20.


Saich, Anthony. State-Society Relations in the People’s Republic of China Post-1949. Brill Press, 2016.
Book Chapters

Saich, Anthony. "How Do China’s New Rich Give Back?" The China Questions: Critical Insights into a Rising Power. Ed. Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi. Harvard University Press, 2018, 148-154.

Saich, Anthony. "The Politics of Welfare Policy: Towards Social Citizenship?" Handbook of Welfare in China. Ed. Beatriz Carrillo, Johanna Hood and Paul Kadetz. Edward Edgar Publishing, 2017, 81-97.

HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series

Saich, Anthony. "What Does General Secretary Xi Jinping Dream About?" HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-038, August 2017.

Research Papers/Reports

Saich, Anthony. "Values and Vision: Perspectives on Philanthropy in 21st Century China." June 2017.

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