Wang Jisi is a professor in the School of International Studies and president of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University. He has been Peking University Boya Chair Professor since 2017. He is honorary president of the Chinese Association for American Studies.
After working as a laborer in the Chinese countryside in 1968-78, Wang Jisi entered Peking University and obtained an MA degree there in 1983. He taught in Peking University’s Department of International Politics (1983-91), and then served as director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences until 2005. From 2005 to 2013, Wang Jisi served as dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University. He was concurrently director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies of the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China from 2001 to 2009. In 2008-16 he was a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of China’s Foreign Ministry.
Wang Jisi was a visiting fellow or visiting professor at Oxford University (1982-83), University of California at Berkeley (1984-85), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1990-91), and Claremont McKenna College in California (2001). He was invited as a Global Scholar by Princeton University in 2011-15, where he spent 9 months in total with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has served as an adviser to a number of international institutions and journals, including the Asia Society Policy Institute, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, International Crisis Group, Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies, the journal The American Interest, and the journal Global Asia. In 2005 and again in 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers.
Professor Wang’s scholarly interests cover U.S. foreign policy, China’s foreign relations, Asian security, and global politics in general. He has published numerous works in these fields.