Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

Edward Steinfeld

Director of the China Initiative
Dean's Professor of China Studies
Professor of Political Science


Edward Steinfeld is the Dean's Professor of China Studies and professor in the Department of Political Science, as well as director of the China Initiative. Steinfeld received his BA, MA, and PhD in political science from Harvard University.  Steinfeld’research focuses on China’s modern industrial development, including issues of business-government relations, state industrial policy, and commercial technological capabilities.  Steinfeld’s current project examines China’s role in the development of global energy technologies.

Steinfeld is the author of the books Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West (Oxford, 2010) and Forging Reform in China: The Fate of State-Owned Industry (Cambridge, 1998). He is also the author of numerous articles in both academic and non-academic journals, including Comparative Politics, Political Studies, World Development, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the South China Morning Post