About the Expert

Expert Bio

Julian Gewirtz is senior fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At CFR, Dr. Gewirtz’s work examines China’s domestic evolution, its impact on the world, and U.S.-China relations.

Dr. Gewirtz is the author of Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017), and a new book on the tumult, legacies, and historical manipulation of the 1980s in China (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2021). He is also a research scholar at the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program and a lecturer in history at Columbia University. Dr. Gewirtz was formerly an academy scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, a lecturer in history at Harvard University, a fellow in history and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a China fellow at the Wilson Center. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he completed his doctorate in history in 2018 at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his undergraduate degree at Harvard College. From 2015 to 2016, he was on leave from Oxford and served in the Obama Administration, concluding his service as special advisor for international affairs to the deputy secretary of energy.

Dr. Gewirtz’s research is published in the China Leadership MonitorForeign Affairs, the Journal of Asian Studies, and Past & Present. He has also written on Asia for publications including the Financial TimesThe GuardianHarper’s, the New York TimesPolitico, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and guest-edited an issue of the magazine Logic on China and technology. He lectures widely on Chinese politics and foreign policy, and his analysis is regularly featured in print and broadcast journalism.

Affiliations: 

  • Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, fellow
  • Columbia University, lecturer in history 
  • Providing advice to the Democratic Presidential candidate in 2020