Robert S. Ross is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute, Professor of Political Science at Boston College, and Associate and Executive Committee member of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University in 1984. From 2007 to 2016, he was Adjunct Professor, Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College. He has taught at Columbia University and at the University of Washington.
Professor Ross has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, Fulbright Professor at the Chinese Foreign Affairs College, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Strategic Studies, Tsinghua University, and Visiting Scholar, School of International Relations, Peking University. In 2009 he was Visiting Scholar, Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College.
Professor Ross's recent publications include Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China: Power and Politics in East Asia (2017); China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges (2016), and Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics (2009), Negotiating Cooperation: U.S.-China Relations, 1969-1989 (1995); and The Indochina Tangle: China's Vietnam Policy, 1975-1979 (1988). He is the author of scholarly and policy articles in World Politics, The China Quarterly, International Security, Security Studies, Naval War College Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. His publications have been translated in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and various European countries.
Professor Ross has testified before Senate and House committees and the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee, he has advised U.S. government agencies, and he serves on the Academic Advisory Group, U.S.-China Working Group, United States Congress. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and he has served as Senior Advisor to the Security Studies Program, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.