Monday June 1, 2020



Dr. Kenneth Lieberthal

Kenneth Lieberthal currently serves as Director of the John L. Thornton China Center and Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution. He has held several positions at the University of Michigan: Distinguished Fellow and Director for China at the William Davidson Institute, Professor of Political Science, William Davidson Professor of Business Administration, and Research ASsociate of the Center for Chinese Studies. He has been on the Michigan faculty since 1983. He eearlier taught at Swarthmore College for 1972-83. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and two M.A.’s and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Dr. Lieberthal served as Special Assistant to the President for National Secruity Affairs and SEnior Director for Asia on the National Security Council from August 1998 to October 2000. His government responsibilities encompassed American policy toward all issues involving Northeast, East, and Southeast Asia. For October-December 2000, Dr. Lieberthal was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Professor Lieberthal was Director of Michigan’s Center for Chinese Studies from 1986-89. He has consulted widely on Chinese affairs and serves or has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, the Kettering Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the United Nations Association and corporations in the private sector. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., and a number of professional organizations. He serves as Senior Director for Stonebridge International LLC, is a member of the Boards of Directors/Advisors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the National Bureau of Asian Research, East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore, the Hong Kong WTO Research Institute, and the Research Center for Contemporary China at Peking university, and is on the editorial boards of: China: An International Journal, The China Quarterly, The China Economic Review, the Journal of Contemporary China and the Journal of International Business Education.

Dr. Lieberthal has written and edited 18 books  and monographs and over seventy articles, mostly dealing with China.

Dr. Lieberthal’s wife, Jane Lindsay Lieberthal, is a former University administrator. He has two sons: Keith is with the law firm of Covington and Burling, and Geoffrey is with the consulting firm Bain & Co. Dr. Lieberthal speaks Chinese and Russian.