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.
Harry 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.