John Lewis is the William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, emeritus, and an FSI senior fellow by courtesy. He is an expert on Chinese politics, U.S.-China relations, China's nuclear weapons program, and U.S. policy toward Korea. He currently directs CISAC's Project on Peace and Cooperation in the Asian-Pacific Region.
Lewis joined the Stanford faculty in 1968, after teaching for seven years at Cornell University. He has served on the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences; the Joint Committee on Contemporary China of the Social Science Research Council; and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He has been a consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; the U.S. Department of Defense; the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. He has made numerous visits to the People's Republic of China, Japan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and the Soviet Union/Russian Federation. He arranged for the first scholars from China to come to the United States, and he led two Congressional delegations to Asia. He has assisted business executives, academics, U.S. government officials and U.S. military officers in establishing contacts and working effectively in China since 1971. In 2002-2003, he served as a participant in the Task Force on U.S. Korea Policy.
Lewis is the author of Leadership in Communist China, Major Doctrines of Communist China, and, with George Kahin, The United States in Vietnam. His history of the Chinese nuclear weapons program, China Builds the Bomb, written with Xue Litai, was published by Stanford University Press in 1988 and, in Chinese, by the Atomic Energy Press in 1991. He received a PhD from UCLA in 1962.