Dr. David Lampton

Dean of Faculty, George and Sadie Hyman Professor, and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Title: "What Would 'Failure' in China Mean for the World?”

Synopsis: Attention often is given to the issue of how China’s increasing strength and reach in the world will affect the rest of the planet-- politically, economically, ecologically, and in terms of future war and peace.  Let scant attention is paid to what the consequences of “development failure” in China would mean globally.  Dr. Lampton will look at how one might think of “failure,” its probability, and examine its possible implications.”

Location: Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sheldon Hall W1214


Biography: David Michael Lampton is Dean of Faculty, George and Sadie Hyman Professor, and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He also is consultant to the Kettering Foundation and the law firm of Akin Gump.  Before assuming those posts he was president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations in New York City from 1988-1997.  From May 1998 to May 2006 he also was affiliated with The Nixon Center as the founding director of its Chinese Studies Program. Prior to 1988, Dr. Lampton was founding director of the China Policy Program at the American Enterprise Institute and associate professor of political science at Ohio State University.

Lampton is the author of numerous books and articles on Chinese domestic and foreign affairs, with more popular articles appearing in Foreign Affairs, Time Magazine (Asia), Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Caijing (Finance), People’s Daily, and Cankao Xiaoxi (Reference News).  He has testified before Senate and House committees of the US Congress and appeared on the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, This Week with David Brinkley, Frontline, The NBC Today Show, The ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, Adam Smith's Money World, Moneyline with Lou Dobbs, The Charlie Rose Show, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, NPR, The Fox Evening News with Tony Snow, VOA radio and television, among others.

Dr. Lampton received his Ph.D. and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University where he graduated with great distinction.  An Honorary Senior Fellow of the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies (1995), Dr. Lampton has lived in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong where he was a Fulbright dissertation research grantee in the early 1970s.  In June 2010 he received the Inaugural Year Scalapino Prize awarded by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for “exceptional contributions to America’s understanding of the vast changes underway in Asia and commitment to bridging the gap between academe and policy.”  He is the recipient of a 2011 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio “Residency Award.”

Lampton consults with various NGOs, government agencies, and corporations.  Dr. Lampton is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Colorado College since 1999 and now is secretary.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Asia Foundation, the U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund, and the Advisory Board of the National Bureau of Asian Research.

His most recent book, The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds, was published in 2008 by the University of California Press and the following year in Chinese by Xinhua Publishing.  This volume won Honorable Mention in the Bernard Schwartz Book Award competition for 2009.  Among his other works are: Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing United States–China Relations 1989-2000 (University of California Press, 2001, Chinese edition, Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2003) and (editor) The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, 1978-2000 (Stanford University Press, 2001).  He specializes in Chinese domestic politics and leadership, Chinese foreign policy, the policy–making process, and U.S.–China relations. Dr. Lampton served in the enlisted and commissioned officer ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve, was a fireman at Stanford University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma academic honorary societies.