People of the Democratic Statecraft Lab

Harry Harding

Harry Harding

Professor of Public Policy, Batten School

Harry Harding is University Professor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where he was the founding dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.  He is also Distinguished Adjunct Professor at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Harding has previously held appointments at Swarthmore College, Stanford University, and the Brookings Institution and as Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. 

A specialist on U.S.-China relations, his major publications include A Fragile Relationship: The United States and China Since 1972 and “Has U.S. China Policy Failed?”  He is  currently writing  a sequel, A Fraught Relationship: The United States and China from Partners to Competitors.


Todd Sechser

Todd S. Sechser

Professor of Politics, Lab Director

Coauthor of Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

Expertise in international relations, foreign policynuclear securityemerging technologies


Dale Copeland

Professor of Politics
Tobias Grossmann

Tobias Grossmann

Associate Professor of Psychology
Harry Harding

Harry Harding

Professor of Public Policy, Batten School
David Leblang

David Leblang

Professor of Politics

Syaru Shirley Lin

Associated Faculty Department of Politics and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, Miller Center of Public Affairs
Anne Meng

Anne Meng

Assistant Professor of Politics
John Owen

John M. Owen

Professor of Politics, Department Chair

Mila Versteeg

Professor of Law, UVA School of Law

Kirill Zhirkov

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics


Joshua Alley

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Sowon Park

Graduate Fellow

Justin Schon

Research Affiliate

Luke Shimek

David and Linda Gibson Postdoctoral Fellow in Democracy

Alexis Yang

Doctoral Research Assistant

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