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Robert S. Ross

department of political science

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Professor Ph.D., Columbia University

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Office: McGuinn 338
Phone: 617-552-3259


Robert S. Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.  He received his B.A. in History from Tufts University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1984.  He also received graduate training in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He has taught at Columbia University and at the University of Washington and in 1989 was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.  In 1994-1995 he was Fulbright Professor at the Chinese Foreign Affairs College and in 2003 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Strategic Studies, Qinghua University, Beijing.  In 2009 he was Visiting Scholar, Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College.  He is currently Visiting Professor, Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College.

Professor Ross's research focuses on Chinese security policy, nationalism and Chinese defense policy, East Asian security, and U.S.-China relations.  His recent publications include Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics, US-China-EU Relations: Managing the New World Order, China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics, and New Directions in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy.  His other major works include Normalization of U.S.-China Relations: An International History; Great Wall and Empty Fortress: China’s Search for Security, Negotiating Cooperation: U.S.-China Relations, 1969-1989, and The Indochina Tangle: China's Vietnam Policy, 1975-1979.  Professor Ross is the author of numerous articles on Chinese security policy and U.S.-China relations in World Politics, The China Quarterly, International Security, Security Studies, Orbis, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and Asian Survey.  His books and articles have been translated in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and various European countries.

Professor Ross has been the recipient of research fellowships from the University of Washington and Columbia University.  He has received research and collaborative project grants from the Social Science Research Council, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), The Asia Foundation, and The United States Institute of Peace.

Professor Ross has testified before various Senate and House committees and the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee and he advises various U.S. government agencies.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations.  He is a member of the executive committee of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, Research Fellow of the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Senior Advisor to the Institute for American Studies, Shanghai.  He is a founding member and former board member of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and former co-chair of the Committee's task force on Confidence Strategic Building Measures. He is on the editorial board of Security StudiesJournal of Contemporary China,Journal of Cold War Studies, Issues and Studies, Asia Policy, and Journal of Chinese Political Science, the Security Studies book series of Shanghai People’s Press, and the Grand Strategy book series of Peking University Press.


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