Brantly Womack

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Brantly Womack is Cumming Memorial Professor of Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. Most of his work has been on Chinese national and international politics.

Womack received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1977 He had previously received a M.A. from Chicago, and a B.A. from the University of Dallas.He was a Fulbright Scholar, at the University of Munich, 1969-1970

After he received his doctorate, he worked as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Political Economy, The University of Texas at Dallas, followed by positions as Assistant and then Associate Professor and finally full Professor at Northern Illinois University. He went to the University of Virginia in 1992 as Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor of Public Affairs in its The Miller Center for Public Affair, and was later appointed to its Hugh S. & Winifred B. Cumming Memorial Chair in International Affairs,[1]

He is also an Honorary professor at Jilin University (Changchun), and at East China Normal University (Shanghai).


He is the author of:

  • China among Unequals: Asymmetric Foreign Relations in Asia. Singapore: World Scientific Press, 2010.[2]
  • China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006[3]
    • Translated as Zhongguo yu Yuenan: Zhengzhi de Feiduichengxing 中国与越南:政治的非对称性. Tr. Zhu Quanhong朱全红, Yu Huachuan 余华川, Liu Jun刘军.
  • Politics in China (3rd ed.) Little, Brown, 1986
    • translated as 中国政治(Chinese politics). Tr. 顾速, 箽方. 南京:江苏人民出版社. 1994.
  • (ed.) Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991 According to WorldCat, the book is held in 445 libraries [4]
  • Foundations of Mao Zedong's Political Thought, 1917-1935 Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1982
    • Translated as Mao Zedong Zhengzhi Sixiang de Jichu (1917–1935) 毛泽东政治思想的基础 (1917–1935). Tr. Huo Wei’an 霍伟岸, Liu Chen 刘晨.Beijing: Zhongguo Renmin Daxue Chubanshe 中国人民大学出版社 [China Renmin University Press], 2006; Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 of translation published full-text on the People’s Daily website, [1]

He is the editor of

  • China’s Rise in Historical Perspective. . Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010.[5]
  • Media and the Chinese Public M.E. Sharpe. Also published as combined Spring/Summer 1986 issue of Chinese Sociology and Anthropology 18:3-4.
  • Electoral Reform in China Guest Editor, combined Fall/Winter issue of Chinese Law and Government 15:3-4.


  1. ^ Official CV at University of Virginia
  2. ^ Tubilewicz, Czeslaw (July 2013). "China Among Unequals: Asymmetric Foreign Relations in Asia, by Brantly Womack (Book review)". The China Journal (70): 280–282. 
  3. ^ Sutter, Robert (June 2008). "Book Reviews: New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Relations. Edited by Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert S. Ross. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. 482p. $24.95. China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry. By Brantly Womack. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 281p. $70.00 cloth, $27.99 paper.". Perspectives on Politics (2): 422–424. 
  4. ^ WorldCat item record
  5. ^ Wang, Dong (September 2011). "China's Rise in Historical Perspective". Pacific Affairs. 84 (3): 555. 

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