David M. Lampton Appointed the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at FSI

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that renowned China scholar David Michael (“Mike”) Lampton, Hyman Professor of China Studies and Director of the China Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Emeritus, has been appointed the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at FSI. Lampton will be affiliated with FSI’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC), where he will conduct research on contemporary China and U.S.-China relations. Currently he is working on a book with two colleagues on the development of high-speed railways from southern China to Singapore.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike Lampton back to Stanford,” says Gi-Wook Shin, director of Shorenstein APARC. “Mike’s expertise in Chinese politics and his long-time experience on the front lines of efforts to foster constructive U.S.-China engagement will be a tremendous asset to APARC and Stanford, especially at this time when relations between Washington and Beijing are at a state fraught with uncertainties and growing mistrust.”

Lampton, BA ’68, MA ’71, PhD ’74, is the author of a dozen books and monographs, including, most recently, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping (University of California Press, 2014). He has testified at multiple congressional and commission sessions and published numerous articles, essays, book reviews, and opinion pieces in many venues popular and academic in both the western world and in Chinese-speaking societies, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, The China Quarterly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many others.

Over the course of his career, Lampton accompanied American public and private sector leaders to China, and Chinese leaders to the United States. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Lampton consults with government, business, and social sector organizations, and has served on the boards of several non-governmental and educational organizations, including the Asia Foundation for which he serves as chairman. The recipient of many academic awards, he is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the inaugural winner of the Scalapino Prize in 2010, awarded by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in recognition of his exceptional contributions to America’s understanding of the vast changes underway in Asia.

Michael McFaul, director of FSI, said, “I am delighted to have Mike back at Stanford joining our team. We are looking forward to his contributions to scholarly and policy work on China’s international behavior and to efforts to promote productive relations between the United States and China.”

Lampton expressed his excitement, saying, “I am honored to join Shorenstein APARC and FSI to support Stanford’s research, education, and policy outreach focused on challenges and choices facing China and the international community.”


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