Dr. John Lewis

William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, emeritus
CISAC, Stanford University


John Lewis has been the William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics at Stanford University since 1968. Before joining Stanford, he was Professor of Political Science at Cornell University. He has been a consultant to many Congressional and U.S. Government organizations beginning in the 1960s. He is currently the Director of Project on Peace and Cooperation in the Asian-Pacific Region at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

Dr. Lewis has been a frequent traveler to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea since 1986. He arranged for the first unofficial visit from the DPRK in 1998, and has hosted numerous visits since then. In addition to authoring a number of articles and op-eds on Korea security, peace and cooperation issues, he is the co-author of Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao, and the Korean War. In 2002-2003, he served as a participant in the Task Force on U.S. Korea Policy.

Dr. Lewis is the author of several books, including Leadership in Communist China, Major Doctrines of Communist China and co-author with George Kahin of The United States in Vietnam. His most recent book, Imagined Enemies: China Prepares for Uncertain War, was published by Stanford Press in July 2006.

Dr. Lewis served as a U.S. naval officer during the Korean War. He received a PhD from UCLA in 1962.