David Shambaugh

David Shambaugh
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
1957 E St. 503
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Areas of Expertise

China's domestic politics; China's foreign relations; China's military and security; and international relations of Asia.

Professor Shambaugh is recognized internationally as an authority on contemporary Chinese affairs and the international politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region. He is a widely published author of numerous books, articles, book chapters and newspaper editorials. He has previously authored six and edited sixteen volumes. His newest studies, China’s Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation; American and European Relations with China; and The International Relations of Asia were all published in 2008. He is a frequent commentator in international media, and has contributed to leading scholarly journals such as International Security, Foreign Affairs, The China Quarterly, and The China Journal.

Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he taught at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly (the world’s leading scholarly journal of contemporary Chinese studies). He also served as Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1985-86), as an analyst in the Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1976-1977) and the National Security Council (1977-78), and has been a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution since 1998. He has received numerous research grants, awards, and fellowships—including being appointed an Honorary Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (2008—), a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002-2003), and a visiting scholar at institutions in China, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Professor Shambaugh has held a number of consultancies, including with various agencies of the U.S. Government, The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The RAND Corporation, The Library of Congress, and numerous private sector corporations. He serves on several editorial boards (including International Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Current History, The China Quarterly, China Perspectives) and is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, National Committee on U.S. China Relations, the World Economic Forum, The Council on Foreign Relations, Pacific Council on International Policy, Committee on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), The Asia Society, Association for Asian Studies, and International Studies Association.

Professor Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies ( SAIS), and B.A. in East Asian Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He also studied at Nankai University, Fudan University, and Peking University in China. 

In addition to teaching at GW, Dr. Shambaugh is also Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs and non-resident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution.



Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1989

Office Hours

M 3:00-5:00pm and by appointment.