Quansheng Zhao is Professor of international relations and Chair of the Asian Studies Program Research Council (formally Center for Asian Studies) at American University in Washington, DC; serving as Director of the Division of Comparative and Regional Studies for three terms (1999-2008). He is also Guest Professor at Peking, Tsinghua, Fudan, Foreign Affairs, and International Business and Economics Universities in China, and Korea University in Korea. Professor Zhao received his B.A. from Beijing University, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. After a one-year post-doctoral research at Harvard University, he served for many years as Research Associate at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.
A specialist in international relations and comparative politics focusing on East Asia, Dr. Zhao is the author of Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, winner of the Best Academic Book Award by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Korea), and Japanese Policymaking (Oxford University Press/Praeger, selected as “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice). He is editor or co-editor of Managing the China Challenge: Perspectives from the Globe, Future Trends in East Asian International Relations, and Politics of Divided Nations: China, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. In 2010, he won the first place of the Sumiya Mikio Awards by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences for best essays in Japanese studies. Professor Zhao has previously taught at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Old Dominion University. He has held several distinguished year-long visiting positions (research or teaching) at the University of Tokyo, Harvard University, United States Institute of Peace, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and East-West Center in Hawaii.

Dr. Zhao is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Series Editor of “Comparative Perspectives in Modern Asia” for Palgrave (St. Martin’s Press), and a member of the editorial advisory board of the China Review, Korea Review, Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, Journal of Contemporary China, and Journal of Chinese Political Science. He has served as a member of annual peer review advisory panels for fellowships and research grants for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United States Institute of Peace, the National Security Education Program, the Fulbright Program, and as an International Juror for the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, as well as an external academic examiner for the City University and Lingnan University of Hong Kong and National Chengchi University in Taipei. He has also testified at the U. S. Congress on China’s high-speed railway system, and served as Coordinator for the Global Forum of Chinese Political Scientists and a consultant for the United Nations.

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Publications by Quansheng Zhao