Scott Kennedy

Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy

Scott Kennedy is deputy director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at CSIS. A leading authority on China’s economic policy and its global economic relations, specific areas of focus include industrial policy, business lobbying, multinational business challenges in China, Chinese participation in global economic regimes, and philanthropy. Kennedy has been traveling to China for over a quarter century, and he has conducted thousands of interviews across the country with Chinese officials, businesses, lawyers, non-profit organizations, and scholars. His writings have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues. He is the author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005) and the editor of three books, including Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2011), and The Dragon's Learning Curve: Global Governance and China (Routledge, forthcoming).

For over 14 years, Kennedy was a professor at Indiana University (IU). From 2007 to 2014, he was the director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business, and he was the founding academic director of IU’s China Office. From 1993 to 1997, he worked at the Brookings Institution. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University and his M.A. in China studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Follow him on twitter @KennedyCSIS.

A complete list of Scott Kennedy's publications can be viewed online.

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Email: skennedy [at]