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 2024-25 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 […]

  • Jie Li named Harvard College Professor

    Jie Li, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Fairbank Center Faculty Affiliate, was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of her “commitment to undergraduate teaching,” the Harvard […]

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.


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.