Harry Harding is a specialist on China and U.S.-China relations. His major publications include Organizing China: The Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-1966; China’s Second Revolution: Reform after Mao; A Fragile Relationship: the United States and China since 1972; and the chapter on the Cultural Revolution in the Cambridge History of China. He is presently working on a sequel to A Fragile Relationship with the working title A Broken Engagement: the United States and China from Clinton to Trump.
Presently University Professor and Professor of Public Policy and Faculty Senior Fellow in the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, he is also Adjunct Chair Professor in the College of Social Science at National Chengchi University in Taipei. He has previously held visiting or adjunct appointments at numerous universities, including most recently the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Harding served as the founding dean of UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy between 2009 and 2014. Before joining the Batten School, he held faculty appointments at Swarthmore College and Stanford University, founded the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1979-80, and was a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in 1983-1995. From 1995 to 2005 he was Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and from 2005 to 2007 was Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group, a political risk research and advisory firm based in New York. He has served on the boards of several educational and non-profit institutions as well as on the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Science and Technology and the U.S. Defense Policy Board. A graduate of Princeton in public and international affairs, he holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.