Dr. Nathan is the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He is engaged in longterm research and writing on Chinese foreign policy and on sources of political legitimacy in Asia. He received his degrees from Harvard University, taught at the University of Michigan from 1970-1071, and has been at Columbia University since 1971, where he served as Director of the East Asian Institute from 1991-1995 and as chair of the Department of Political Science from 2003-2006. Nathan's books include Chinese Democracy, Human Rights in Contemporary China (with R. Randle Edwards and Louis Henkin), China's Crisis, China's Transition, The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress (with Robert S. Ross), The Tiananmen Papers (edited with Perry Link), and China's New Rulers (with Bruce Gilley). His articles have appeared in World Politics, Journal of Democracy, The New York Review of Books, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune and elsewhere. He is a member of the steering committee of the Asia Barometer, a multi-national survey research project. Dr. Nathan was chair of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch Asia, 1995-2000, and continues to serve on this committee and on the boards of Freedom House, Human Rights in China, and China Labor Watch. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy, the China Quarterly, the Journal of Contemporary China, and China Information, among others, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.