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Thomas J. Christensen

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center

Thomas J. Christensen is a nonresident senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a professor of politics and international affairs and the co-director of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World program at Princeton University. From 2006 to 2008, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan, and Mongolia.

His research and teaching focuses on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. Before arriving at Princeton in 2003, he taught at Cornell University and MIT. He received his bachelor’s from Haverford College, his master’s in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.

Christensen has served on the board of directors and the executive committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and as co-editor of the International History and Politics series at Princeton University Press. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2002, he was presented with a Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of State.

Affiliations:
Columbia University Press, series editor
Council on Foreign Relations, life member
National Bureau of Asian Research, member, advisory board
Princeton University, China and the World Program and Master’s in Public Policy Program, director
Princeton University, professor
Schwarzman Educational Foundation, member, academic advisory board
World Politics, member, editorial committee

Thomas J. Christensen is a nonresident senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a professor of politics and international affairs and the co-director of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World program at Princeton University. From 2006 to 2008, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan, and Mongolia.

His research and teaching focuses on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. Before arriving at Princeton in 2003, he taught at Cornell University and MIT. He received his bachelor’s from Haverford College, his master’s in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.

Christensen has served on the board of directors and the executive committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and as co-editor of the International History and Politics series at Princeton University Press. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2002, he was presented with a Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of State.

Affiliations:
Columbia University Press, series editor
Council on Foreign Relations, life member
National Bureau of Asian Research, member, advisory board
Princeton University, China and the World Program and Master’s in Public Policy Program, director
Princeton University, professor
Schwarzman Educational Foundation, member, academic advisory board
World Politics, member, editorial committee