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David M. Lampton

Senior Fellow

David M. Lampton is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was most recently the Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies, having also served as Dean of Faculty from 2004 to 2012. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Lampton is the author of many books, including The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (University of California Press, 2008), with prior publications appearing in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, The China Quarterly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other venues popular and academic in both the western world and in Chinese speaking societies.


Lampton headed the China Studies programs at the American Enterprise Institute and The Nixon Center (now The Center for National Interest), having previously worked at the National Academy of Sciences. He has an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies, is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and was the inaugural winner of the Scalapino Prize in July 2010 awarded by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition, he is a Gilman Scholar at Johns Hopkins. His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was published by University of California Press in 2014. He consults with government, business, foundations, and is on the board of several non-governmental and educational organizations, including the Executive Committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Colorado College’s Board of Trustees. He began teaching at Ohio State University.


He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He was a fireman at Stanford University in his undergraduate days and was in the enlisted and officer ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve. 

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