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 UVA, 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 UVA expand its relations with alumni, parents, prospective students and university partners in Asia.
Harding served as the founding dean of UVA’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.