Faculty Profile

Harry Harding

University Professor, Professor of Public Policy and Politics

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Harry Harding is a specialist on Asia and U.S.-Asian relations. In addition to several edited volumes, his major 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. Presently a University Professor and Professor of Public Policy at U.Va., in January 2015 he will begin a concurrent appointment as Visiting Professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he will help develop a new Institute on Public Policy and Administration and an senior executive education program on leadership and public policy, and assist U.Va. expand its relations with alumni, parents, prospective students and university partners in Asia.

Harding served as the founding dean of U.Va.’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 and Stanford University and was a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. From 1995 to 2005 he was Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and from 2005 to 2007 was Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group, a political risk research and advisory firm based in New York. He has served on the boards of several educational and non-profit institutions as well as on the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Science and Technology and the U.S. Defense Policy Board. A graduate of Princeton in public and international affairs, he holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.

Selected Recent Publications

Has U.S. China Policy Failed?

Harry Harding. "Has U.S. China Policy Failed?The Washington Quartlerly Vol 38 (3), 95-122 (November 4, 2015).  read more »

The Halting Advance of Pluralism

The Halting Advance of Pluralism,” Journal of Democracy, vol. 9 no. 1 (January1998), pp. 11-17. Reprinted in Andrew J. Nathan and Marc F. Plattner (eds.), Will China Democratize? (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), pp. 44-50. read more »

How the Past Shapes the Present: Five Ways in Which History Affects China’s Contemporary Foreign Relations

Harding, Harry. “How the Past Shapes the Present: Five Ways in Which History Affects China’s Contemporary Foreign Relations,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations, 16:1-2 (Spring-Summer 2009), pp. 119-34. read more »

Related News & Events

Professor Harry Harding Chairs Symposium at U.Va.'s China Office Opening read more »

In short, context matters. And while in these brief remarks I can’t possibly provide a comprehensive overview of the contexts you will be facing as leaders or analysts, or what they will mean for your work in either of those roles, I want to offer a few suggestions about how to look at context and how to assess its impact. read more »

The first revolution in 1911, which launched the People’s Republic of China, swept away the “imperial institutions” that had previously controlled Chinese society. Harding said though China made significant advances during the first revolution, progress had deteriorated by the time of Mao Zedong’s death in 1976. The political system under Mao created “much suffering” in Chinese society, as purges and corruption affected the majority of civilians, he said. read more »

“Under the inventive and energetic leadership of Dean Harry Harding, the Batten School has emerged as one of the most dynamic public policy schools in the nation,” said Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. read more »

Dean Harry Harding will convene two sessions on the past and future of public policy schools: Session I on “1965 and the onset of public policy schools” is from 9-10 AM With panelists James Patterson, Brown University; Henry Brady, University of California, Berkeley; Marion Orr, Brown University Session II on “2013 and the changing policy issue landscape” is from 10:15-11:15 AM. With panelistsMark Weinberg, Ohio University; Ramayya Krishnan, Carnegie Mellon University Both sessions will take place in the Degas Room. read more »

Dean Harry Harding spent some of his summer leading a Batten delegation that built contacts with several Chinese universities read more »

April 22, 6-7:30pm, UVA Chapel, sponsored by the Virginia East Asia Society read more »

Panel discussed evolving US-Asia relationships and the future of Sino-Japanese relations read more »

Watch video of Dean Harry Harding discussing China's power in the global arena read more »