David Shambaugh, Ph.D.

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (1996), founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (since 1998), and Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution (since 1998). He previously served as Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in the Elliott School (1996-1998). He is the son of AHRF founders Dr. and Mrs. George E. Shambaugh, Jr.

Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (1987-1996), where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly (1991-96).  He also served as Acting Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1987-1988), and as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1976-77) and the U.S. National Security Council staff (1977-78).

Professor Shambaugh is recognized internationally as an authority on contemporary Chinese affairs, with particular expertise in Chinese domestic politics, China’s military, Chinese foreign relations (esp. U.S.-China Relations, China-Europe relations, China-Asia relations), and the international politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region. He has authored six and edited fourteen books. His latest books are China’s Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation (2008), China-Europe Relations: Perceptions, Policies & Prospects (2007), China Watching: Perspectives from Europe, Japan, and the United States (2007); Power Shift: China & Asia’s New Dynamics (2005); The Odyssey of China’s Imperial Art Treasures (2005); Modernizing China’s Military (2003). He has also published approximately 200 articles, chapters, and editorials in edited books, scholarly and policy journals, and newspapers.  He is also a frequent commentator in international media.

Professor Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and B.A. cum laude in East Asian Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has been a visiting scholar at numerous institutions in China, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan.  He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002-2003), and has been a recipient of research grants from numerous institutions including the German Marshall Fund, Smith Richardson Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, W. Alton Jones Foundation, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.K. Economic & Social Research Council, The British Academy, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, and the American Consortium on European Union Studies.

Professor Shambaugh has also held a number of consultancies including with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. National Intelligence Council, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Rand Corporation, Library of Congress, Microsoft Corporation, Deutsche Bank, MacQuarie Securities, and American Express International. He has served on twelve editorial boards and does peer reviewing for a number of private sector and government grant-making bodies. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, National Committee on U.S. China Relations, World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, the Berlin Group on Transatlantic Security Policies in Asia, and Pacific Council on International Policy.

More information about Dr. Shambaugh including a listing of his most recent publications can be found on his George Washington University faculty webpage.