David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, having also served as Dean of Faculty from 2004-2012. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, he is the author of many books including The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (2008), Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.- China Relations (2002), and soon-to-be-published Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping (2014). Lampton has also published extensively in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, The China Quarterly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications popular and academic in both the Western world and in Chinese speaking societies.
He has headed the China Studies programs at the American Enterprise Institute and at The Nixon Center, having previously worked at the National Academy of Sciences. He consults with government, business, foundations, and is on the board of several non-governmental and educational organizations, including the Executive Committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Lampton received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, where he served as a fireman, and has been in the enlisted and officer ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve.
With unprecedented access to Chinese leaders at all levels of the party and government, David Lampton tells the insider story of China’s political elite from their own perspectives. Based on over five hundred interviews, his new book “Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping” offers a rare glimpse into how the attitudes and ideas of those at the very top have evolved over the past four decades.
Here China’s rulers explain their strategies and ideas for moving the nation forward, share their reflections on matters of leadership and policy, and discuss the challenges that keep them awake at night. We learn of a China where party rulers have become progressively less dominant, bureaucracy and society have become more fragmented, and the people are becoming more powerful. How will the country move forward as its explosive rate of economic growth begins to slow? How does it plan to deal with international calls for human rights reform and cope with an aging and increasingly polarized population? Based on his new book, Lampton will discuss with us how China’s leaders see the nation’s political future, as well as its strategic priorities in the world at large.