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Our 51st Year

Robert Barylski
Peter Bergen
Stephen Biegun
William Davison
Thomas DeFrank
Jeffrey Gedmin
Russel Honoré
Brian Hook
Margaret Jay
David Lampton
Robert Lieber
Mark Lowenthal
Susan MacManus
Bob McClure
Mohsen Milani
Thomas Nichols
Charles Ray
Richard Jones
Robert Jones
Dennis Ross
Charles Schudson
Peter Singer
John Sinnott
Angela Stent
Jeremi Suri
Martin Walker

David Lampton

David Lampton

Dr. David M. Lampton is Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University's Asia-Pacific Research Center and Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is former Chairman of The Asia Foundation, former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and former dean of faculty at SAIS.

Dr. Lampton's most recent book is Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia (2020) His current field research focuses on Beijing's effort to build high-speed and other rail lines to Singapore from South China and involves interviews and field research in eight countries. The underlying issue is how to conceive of Chinese power. He is also author of Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping (2019) and The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (2008).

Dr. Lampton received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University where, as an undergraduate student, he was a firefighter. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Far Eastern Studies.