David Shambaugh

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Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs Director, China Policy Program
Suite 503 Elliott School of International Affairs
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

China’s domestic politics; China’s foreign relations; China’s military and security; and international relations of Asia

Professor Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia, with a strong interest in the European Union and transatlantic issues.

Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he held the positions of Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and Editor of The China Quarterly. He also previously served as an analyst on the staff of the National Security Council East Asia Bureau and the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence & Research (1976-78). He was also a nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution (1998-2015), previously directed the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1986-87), served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (2009-2015), and has been elected a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, and other public policy and scholarly organizations. He is a recipient of research grants from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, German Marshall Fund, British Academy, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and other philanthropic bodies. He has been appointed a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002-03), an Honorary Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (2008–), a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of World Economics & Politics in Beijing (2009-10), and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the S. Ranjaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore (2017). Professor Shambaugh has also been a visiting scholar or professor at universities in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan. He is also a frequent contributor to the international media, serves on a number of editorial boards, and has been a consultant to various governments, research institutions, foundations, and private corporations.

Professor Shambaugh is a prolific author, having published more than 30 books and 300 articles.


Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Michigan
M.A. (International Affairs), Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
B.A. (East Asian Studies), George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs

Classes Taught

PSC 2371 China's Politics and Foreign Policy
PSC 6370 Politics of People's Republic of China I
PSC 6371 Politics of People's Republic of China 2
PSC 6372 Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China
PSC 6475 International Politics of East Asia
PSC 6489 Selected Topics in International Politics: U.S.-China Relations