David M. Lampton

David M. Lampton, Ph.D.

George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies
China Studies

Rome 612
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • American Defense Policy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Developing Nations
  • Governance
  • Diplomacy
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • Energy Issues
  • Energy and Security
  • Nuclear Power
  • Politics
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Presidency and Foreign Policy
  • Military Power and Strategy
  • Chinese

Background and Education

David M. Lampton is 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 B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. 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 U.S.-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 U.S. Army Reserve.

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Seeking a Durable Foundation for U.S-China Ties
Spring 2014 
Analyzes the ev...
Analyzes the evolution of the People’s Republic of China’s foreign policy. Deals with China’s objectives, institutions, instruments of policy, changing alignments and growing role in the international system. Directs considerable attention to specific policy issues and the policy process.
Fall 2013 
Analyzes the do...
Analyzes the domestic politics of the People’s Republic of China, with particular emphasis on the reform era. This introductory course covers political history, policy process and institutional issues, leadership, and the challenge of socioeconomic modernization. Focuses on recurrent and substantive policy issues in Chinese politics.
Spring 2014 
Examines U.S. p...
Examines U.S. policy toward China and specific U.S.-Chinese political, economic, cultural and security relations, with emphasis on the post-1949 period. Gives special attention to the foreign policy process in each nation, recurrent policy issues and their implications for each nation’s behavior, and relations with third parties.