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David M. Lampton

Professor Emeritus of China Studies

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute


David M. Lampton is Professor Emeritus and former Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, having also served as Dean of Faculty from 2004-2012. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, he 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. He received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Stanford University. Dr. Lampton headed the China Studies programs at the American Enterprise Institute and at The Nixon Center (now The Center for National Interest), having previously worked at the National Academy of Sciences and having started his teaching career at Ohio State University. 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, 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, and is a Gilman Scholar at Johns Hopkins. His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, will be published by University of California Press in January 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 US-China Relations and Colorado College’s Board of Trustees. He was a fireman at Stanford University in his undergraduate days and was in the enlisted and officer ranks of the US Army Reserve.
Spring 2014 
Fall 2013 
Spring 2014 



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  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy
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In the News

As Trump attacks Biden on China, he’s playing a weak hand.

David Lampton quoted in Los Angeles Times, 7/27

Talk more, not less.

David Lampton participated in Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China webinar, 7/9

Joe Biden should avoid Trump's China trap.

David Lampton wrote in The National Interest, 6/13

U.S.’ Taipei Act is a needless provocation aimed at China, even if unintended

David M. Lampton wrote in South China Morning Post, 4/14

Maximizing cooperation with China can maximize U.S. influence.

Carla Freeman interviewed David Lampton cited in Global Times, 6/7

How to become a player in global affairs.

David Lampton interviewed on The China Current with James Chau, 5/7

China's infrastructure development is a "win-winism".

David Lampton interviewed in Xinhua, 2/11