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David Keegan

David Keegan

Adjunct Lecturer

  • Campus Location: Washington DC


David J. Keegan is adjunct lecturer in the Chinese Studies Program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He teaches a seminar on Taiwan and its relations with the United States and Mainland China. He holds a Ph.D. in Chinese History from the University of California, Berkeley. He published “The Taiwan Relations Act: Still Essential in Changing Times” with the Wilson Center online.

He served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department for thirty years, specializing in China, Taiwan, and the Asia Pacific region.  He served in Jamaica, Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, and New Zealand. He was Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan and Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé at the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand. He also served as: Director of the Office of Taiwan Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP), Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA), and Director of the Office of Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Affairs in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). He retired from the Foreign Service in 2012. He currently also teaches area studies courses on China, Northeast Asia, and the Pacific at the State Department Foreign Service Institute.