Julian Baird Gewirtz is Academy Scholar at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is the author of Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017), which The Economist called "a gripping read, highlighting what was little short of a revolution in China’s economic thought." He completed his doctorate in history in 2018 at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and was a Lecturer on History at Harvard in 2019, teaching a seminar on "The People's Republic of China and the World." His research is published in the Journal of Asian Studies, Past & Present (forthcoming), The American Scholar, and Foreign Affairs. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he has also written on Asia for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Caijing, Caixin, and Foreign Policy.
From 2015 to 2016, he was on leave from Oxford and served in the Obama Administration, most recently as special advisor for international affairs to the Deputy Secretary of Energy. He has been a Fellow in History and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Research Fellow at Alphabet. In 2019, he co-edited an issue of the magazine Logic on China and technology.
Julian's poems have been published by AGNI, Boston Review, The Nation, The New Republic, PEN America, Ploughshares, and The Yale Review, and have received recognition from the Academy of American Poets and Best New Poets 2016. His poetry criticism and nonfiction essays have been published by The Economist, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Poetry Foundation, and the Washington Post.
Education: University of Oxford, D.Phil. in History, 2018; Harvard College, A.B. in History, summa cum laude, 2013.