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Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, New York

Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Fall 2013


Andrew Nathan is the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1971, after completing his PhD at Harvard University. He served as director of the East Asian Institute at the School of International and Public Affairs from 1991 to 1995, and as chair of the political science department from 2003 to 2006, among other positions. Off campus, Nathan is co-chair of the board of Human Rights in China, member of the boards of Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy, and sits on the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch Asia, which he chaired from 1995 to 2000. The regular Asia and Pacific book reviewer for Foreign Affairs, Nathan serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy and Journal of Contemporary China. He has published widely on Chinese politics and foreign policy, as well as comparative studies of human rights, political participation, legitimacy, and culture. His books include China’s Transition (Columbia, 1997), The Tiananmen Papers, edited with Perry Link (Little, Brown, 2001), Negotiating Culture and Human Rights: Beyond Universalism and Relativism, edited with Lynda S. Bell and Ilan Peleg (Columbia, 2001), and China’s Search for Security, co-authored with Andrew Scobell (Columbia, 2012). His current projects include a co-edited volume on sources of political legitimacy in Asia, Ambivalent Democrats, which analyzes data from the Asian Barometer Surveys.