Kenneth G. Lieberthal

Kenneth G. Lieberthal
Senior Fellow Emeritus, Brookings Institution

Biography

Kenneth Lieberthal is Senior Fellow Emeritus in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he had been Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy (2009-16) and Director of the John L. Thornton China Center (2009-12).

Lieberthal is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, where he was Professor of Political Science (1983-2009), William Davidson Professor of Business Administration (1995-2009), and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies -- renamed the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies in 2014 -- (1986-89).

During the Clinton administration, Lieberthal served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asia on the National Security Council from 1998 through 2000.  

Lieberthal has authored and edited 24 books and monographs and about 75 articles and book chapters. His publications focus particularly on China's elite politics, domestic and foreign policy decision making, political economy, and the evolution of US-China relations.  He has consulted widely on Chinese and Asian affairs for private sector corporations, U.S. government and international agencies, and NGOs. He also serves on the editorial boards of five scholarly journals and on boards of directors and international advisory boards for various university and non-profit institutions in Australia, China, Singapore and the U.S.

Lieberthal earned his BA from Dartmouth College, and MA and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.