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C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Stephen M. Kellen Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2020

Elizabeth Economy is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Her most recent book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State (Oxford, 2018), was shortlisted for the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize for the best nonfiction book in English on foreign affairs. She is also the author of the award-winning The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future (Cornell, 2004) and By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World (Oxford, 2014), co-authored with Michael Levi.


Economy’s articles have appeared in, among other publications, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Harvard Business Review, and her op-eds in the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. Named in June 2018 as one of the “10 Names That Matter on China Policy” by Politico magazine,  Economy serves on the board of managers of Swarthmore College and the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation and the National Committee on US–China Relations.


Economy received a BA with honors from Swarthmore College, an AM from Stanford University, and PhD from the University of Michigan. In 2008, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Vermont Law School.

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