About the Department

Alastair Iain Johnston

Alastair Iain Johnston

The Governor James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs
International Relations


Iain Johnston's research and teaching interests focus on ideational sources of foreign policy behavior, socialization in international institutions, and the analysis of identity in the social sciences, mostly with reference to China and East Asia. He is the author of Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History (Princeton 1995) and  Social States: China in International Institutions, 1980-2000 (Princeton 2008).  He is also co-editor (with Robert Ross) of Engaging China: The Management of an Emerging Power (Routledge 1999);  New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy (Stanford 2006)(with Robert Ross); Crafting Cooperation: Regional Institutions in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge 2007)(with Amitav Acharya);  Chinese-English English-Chinese Glossary on Nuclear Security Terms (Mianyang: Atomic Energy Press, 2008)(with the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Security and Arms Control and the Chinese Scientists Group on Arms Control); and Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Scientists (Cambridge 2009)(with Rawi Abdelal, Yoshiko Herrera, and Rose McDermott). Johnston co-directs the Princeton-Harvard China and the World program. In his non-academic life, Johnston is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on International Security and Arms Control, and works on issues in US-China crisis management.

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1737 Cambridge Street, CGIS Knafel Building K238, Cambridge, MA 02138

Office Hours

Weds 3:15-4:45, or by appointment.



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