A specialist on Asia and American relations with Asia, Harry Harding’s major publications include The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know (co-edited with Francine Frankel, 2004); A Fragile Relationship: The United States and China Since 1972 (1992), Sino-American Relations, 1945-1955: A Joint Reassessment of a Critical Decade (co-edited with Yuan Ming, 1989), China’s Second Revolution: Reform After Mao (1987), China’s Foreign Relations in the 1980s (editor, 1984), and Organizing China: The Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-1976 (1981).
From 2009 to 2014, Harding served as the founding dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Upon leaving the deanship, he was appointed a University Professor and Professor of Public Policy. Before coming to Virginia, he was a member of the faculties of Swarthmore College and Stanford University, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group, and University Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University, and held visiting professorships at Georgetown University, the University of Washington, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong.
Harding presently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. His previous positions include membership on the Senior Advisory Panel that advised the Asian Development Bank on its Long Term Strategic Framework in2000-01, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and the U.S. Defense Policy Board. He has also served as a Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Asia Foundation.