Minxin Pei

Recognition Year: 

"Rebalancing U.S.-China Relations"
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Minxin Pei is an expert on China, Taiwan, East Asia, and democracy. He earned his B.A. from Shanghai International Studies University and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. Currently, he serves as an adjunct senior associate in the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as well as professor of government and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. He is especially interested in democratization in developing countries, economic reform and governance in China, and U.S.-China relations. Pei is an influential scholar whose research has appeared in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Modern China, and Journal of Democracy. He frequently serves as an expert commentator on BBC World News, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, and his op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune.  His most recent book is China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard University Press, 2006).