Joseph Fewsmith

Faculty Associate
Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University


BA, Northwestern University; MA, PhD, University of Chicago


Comparative politics, Chinese domestic and international politics, Asia studies

Joseph FewsmithBiography

Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science and Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia. He is the author of six books, including: China Today, China Tomorrow (2010), China Since Tiananmen: The Politics of Transition (2nd ed, 2008), Elite Politics in Contemporary China (2001), and The Dilemmas of Reform in China: Political Conflict and Economic Debate (1994).

He is very active in the China field, traveling to China frequently and presenting papers at professional conferences of organizations such as the Association for Asian Studies and the American Political Science Association. His articles have appeared in such journals as Asian Survey, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The China Journal, The China Quarterly, Current History, The Journal of Contemporary China, Problems of Communism, and Modern China. He is also one of the seven regular contributors to China Leadership Monitor, a quarterly web publication analyzing current developments in China.

Prof. Fewsmith is also a research associate of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard University.