Anthony Saich

Daewoo Professor of International Affairs
Director
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Office Address
124 Mt. Auburn - Suite 200N-214
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 74
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-5713
Fax: 617-495-4948
Email: Anthony_Saich@harvard.edu
Assistant
Jessica Eykholt (617-496-0264)
Anthony Saich

Profile

 

Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Programs, the Asia Energy Leaders Program and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials.

Saich first visited China as a student in 1976 and continues to visit each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.

Saich is a trustee member of he National Committee on US-China Relations (2014-), AMC Entertainment Inc., the China Medical Board, and International Bridges to Justice. He is also the US Secretary-General of the China United States Strategic Philanthropy.  He sits on the executive committees of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Council on Asia Studies,  South Asia Initiative and the Asia Center, all at Harvard University. He serves as the Harvard representative of the Kennedy Memorial Trust and previously was the representative for the Ford Foundation’s China Office from 1994 to 1999. Prior to this, he was director of the Sinological Institute at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

His current research focuses on politics and governance in post-Mao China, China’s urbanization and rural-urban inequality in China; and the interplay between state and society in Asia and the respective roles they play in the provision of public goods and services at the local level. His most recent books include Chinese Village, Global Market (2012); Governance and Politics of China (Third Edition, 2010); Providing Public Goods in Transitional China (2008); Revolutionary Discourse in Mao’s Republic (with David Apter, 1998); The Rise to Power of the Chinese Communist Party (1996); and China’s Science Policy in the 80s (1989); He has edited books on Philanthropy for Health in China (with Jennifer Ryan and Lincoln Chen, 2014), China's urbanization (with Shahid Yusuf, 2008), HIV/AIDS (with Joan Kaufman and Arthur Kleinman, 2006), and the reform of China’s financial sector. 

He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Letters, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He received his master’s degree in politics with special reference to China from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and his bachelor’s degree in politics and geography from the University of Newcastle, UK. Away from the office, he enjoys time with his two children, movies, and soccer.

 

 

Courses

Spring

  • DPI-450 The Political Economy of Transition in China

Media Expertise

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Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Saich, Anthony. "The Quality of Governance in China." China Governance Review (2013): 1-27.
    • Saich, Anthony. "Comment on Yu Jianxing's Essay of "China's Public Service System: History, Social Policies and Institutions." China's Political Development: From the View of American and Chinese Scholars (2013): 244-51.
  • Book Chapters
    • Saich, Anthony. "Collection Under Uncertainty: The Creation of the Chinese People's Movement Archive." A Usable Collection, Essays in Honour of Jaap Kloosterman on Collecting Social History. Ed. Aad Blok, Jan Lucassen, and Huub Sanders. Amsterdam University Press, 2014, 418-425.
    • Chen, Lincoln, Jennifer Ryan, and Tony Saich. "Introduction: Philanthropy for Health in China: Distinctive Roots and Future Prospects." Philanthropy for Health in China. Ed. Jennifer Ryan, Lincoln C. Chen, and Tony Saich. Indiana University Press, 2014, 1-15.
    • Saich, Anthony. "Political Representation." Handbook of China's Governance and Domestic Politics. Ed. Chris Ogden. Routledge, 2013, 109-119.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Ryan, Jennifer, Lincoln C. Chen, and Tony Saich, eds. Philanthropy for Health in China. Indiana University Press, 2014.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Duan, Peijun, and Anthony Saich. "Reforming China's Monopolies." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-023, May 2014.
  • Reviews
    • Saich, Anthony. Comment on China’s Public Service System, by Jianxing Yu,. ed. Kenneth Lieberthal, Cheng Li, and Yu Keping. China's Political Development : Chinese and American Perspectives, June 2014: 244-251.