Harry Harding is University Professor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia. A specialist on China and U.S.-China relations, his major scholarly publications include Organizing China: The Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-1966; China’s Second Revolution: Reform after Mao; A Fragile Relationship: the United States and China since 1972; and the chapter on the Cultural Revolution in the Cambridge History of China. He is presently writing an analytical history of the U.S.-China relationship from the mid-1990s to the present, describing the difficulties the two countries sides have encountered in promoting a more cooperative relationship.
Harding served as the founding dean of the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy between 2009 and 2014. Before joining the Batten School, he held faculty appointments at Swarthmore College (1970-1971) and Stanford University (1971-1983), and visiting positions at the University of Washington, Georgetown University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong. He regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on international relations theory and U.S.-China relations. In addition, he has occasionally offers seminars on political forecasting, cross-cultural influences between Asia and the West, and the expression of political ideas in civic architecture.
Harding was founding director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington (1979-81) . He was a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution from 1983 to 1995, and from1995 to 2005 was Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. From 2005 to 2007 Harding was Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group, a political risk research and advisory firm based in New York.
Harding has been a faculty member for the Aspen Institute and the Salzburg Seminar, and has participated in both the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
Harding has been a consultant to the Asian Development Bank and numerous multinational corporations and U.S. government agencies, and a board member of several educational and non-profit institutions. He served two terms as the President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, chaired the Program for International Studies in Asia, and has served as vice-chairman of the Asia Foundation. His government service includes membership on the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Science and Technology Cooperation and the U.S. Defense Policy Board. He has co-chaired a bilateral Track Two Japan-U.S. dialogue on China for the Japan Institute of International Affairs and a subsequent series of trilateral dialogues between the JIIA, the Chinese Institute for International Studies and several American co-sponsors. Presently he is co-principal investigator of a unique dialogue among analysts from Russia, China, the U.S., and India on the issues at the intersection of climate change, energy, and international finance organized by the Financial Services Volunteer Corps.
Harding’s awards and honors include the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching from Stanford University, 1975; the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize for an outstanding book on a subject concerning the Pacific Rim, awarded to Organizing China in 1986; Honorable Mention for Best Government and Political Science Book, awarded to A Fragile Relationship by the Association of American Publishers, 1992; and the Distinguished Public Service Award, presented by the U.S. Department of State in 2002.
A graduate of Princeton University in public and international affairs, Harding holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.