Julian Chang

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  • Associate Dean of Student Life in Schwarzman Scholars Beijing.
  • Former Executive Director of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Julian Chang is the executive director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the Department of Government at Harvard University, where he also served as residential dean of Cabot House from 1993 to 1996, and worked in the University Development Office. He received his B.A. from Yale University and won a Yale-China fellowship to teach at Wuhan University, China.            

In 1996, Chang went west to Stanford to become assistant director of the Center for East Asian Studies. In 1997, he helped to establish the Stanford Asia/Pacific Scholars Program, a university-wide fellowship program for graduate students from Asia. He joined Stanford’s Asia Pacific Research Center (A/PARC) as deputy director in the fall of 1998 and returned to Harvard in 2001. His research interests include Sino-Soviet/Russian relations, Chinese enterprise reform and globalization, and mass media in China.

He has edited several books on Asia, including Economic Reform and Cross-Strait Relations: Taiwan and China in the WTO  (2007, with Steven Goldstein), Presidential Politics in Taiwan: The Administration of Chen Shui-bian (2008, with Steven Goldstein), and China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation (2009, with Ilan Alon, Marc Fetscherin, Christoph Lattemann and John McIntyre).

  • Expert on China’s outbound investment and its impact.
  • He has trained hundreds of China officials as Executive Director of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

PhD, Political Science, Department of Government at Harvard University
BA, Yale University 

November 28, 2012 CHINARoundtable: 'China's economy: Under new management’

March 26, 2013 CHINARoundtable: 'China’s new congresses: New leadership, new directions'


Longtime CHINADebate Expert Julian Chang Joins Schwarzman Scholars

as Associate Dean of Student Life in Beijing. March 2014


Longtime CHINADebate Member and Expert, Julian Chang, has left the Harvard Kennedy School to join Schwarzman Scholars as Associate Dean of Student Life in Beijing.

From the press release: Schwarzman Scholars Names Former Harvard Kennedy School Administrator as Associate Dean of Student Life

Inspired by the prestigious Rhodes scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is designed to educate future world leaders about China. 200 elite students from around the world will spend a postgraduate year studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious academic institutions. As part of that experience, they will gain unrivaled exposure to China through mentorship opportunities, cultural immersion, extensive travel and access to distinguished visitors. Mr. Chang joins Schwarzman Scholars to develop and oversee these unique co-curricular elements of the program.