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Quansheng Zhao

Professor School of International Service

Additional Positions at AU

  • Chair, Asian Studies Research Council
Dr. Quansheng Zhao is Professor of international relations and Chair of Asian Studies Program Research Council at American University; serving as Director of the Division of Comparative and Regional Studies for three terms (1999-2008). Zhao received his B.A. from Peking University, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. After a one-year postdoctoral research at Harvard University, he served for many years as Research Associate at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.

A specialist in international relations and comparative politics focusing on East Asia, Dr. Zhao is the author of Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, winner of the Best Academic Book Award by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Korea), and Japanese Policymaking (Oxford University Press/Praeger, selected as "Outstanding Academic Book" by Choice). His most recent edited book is Managing the China Challenge: Perspectives from the Globe. His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Dr. Zhao spent one year each as a Senior Fellow at the U. S. Institute of Peace in Washington and the East-West Center in Hawaii. As a visiting professor, he taught courses at a number of leading universities both in the U. S. and overseas, such as Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Fudan University, China University of Foreign Affairs, Korea University, Ritsumeikan University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Leiden University. Professor Zhao has testified on China’s economic development at the U. S. Congress, and served as a consultant for the United Nations. He is also a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.


PhD, University of California, Berkeley; MA, University of California, Berkeley; BA, Peking University

SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 200J
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  • Fall 2017

    • SIS-676 Sel Topics in Cross-Natl Study: U.S.-China Relations
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  • Spring 2018

    • SIS-676 Sel Topics in Cross-Natl Study: Chinese Politics & Foreign Pol
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    • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Japanese Society & Foreign Pol
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