Miller Center

Robert Ross, Fellowship Mentor

Professor of Political Science, Boston College


Advisee(s): Michael Beckley   

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.

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 PoliticsUS-China-EU Relations: Managing the New World OrderChina’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 HistoryGreat 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. Ross is the author of numerous articles on Chinese security policy and U.S.-China relations in World PoliticsThe China QuarterlyInternational SecuritySecurity StudiesOrbisForeign Affairs, Foreign PolicyThe National Interest, and Asian Survey.  His books and articles have been translated in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and various European countries.


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