International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Harry Harding

University of Virginia

Harry Harding presently holds a dual appointment as university professor and professor of public policy at the University of Virginia and visiting professor of social science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. A specialist on Asia and American relations with Asia, his major publications include The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know (co-edited with Francine Frankel, 2004); A Fragile Relationship: The United States and China Since 1972 (1992), Sino-American Relations, 1945-1955: A Joint Reassessment of a Critical Decade (co-edited with Yuan Ming, 1989), China’s Second Revolution: Reform After Mao (1987), China’s Foreign Relations in the 1980s (editor, 1984), and Organizing China: The Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-1976 (1981).  He also contributed the chapter on the Chinese Cultural Revolution, “The Chinese State in Crisis,” to the Cambridge History of China (1991).

From 2009 to 2014, Harding served as the founding dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.  Before moving to Virginia, he was a member of the faculties of Swarthmore College and Stanford University, Secretary of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center, Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group, and University Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University.  He has held visiting professorships at George Washington University, Georgetown University, the University of Washington, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong.

Harding has served as a Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Asia Foundation, President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and Chair of both the China Council of the Asia Society and the Program for International Studies in Asia.  He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Board of Governors of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, the Asian Development Bank’s Senior Advisory Panel on its Long Term Strategic Framework, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, the U.S. Defense Policy Board, and the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.