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Orville Schell - Participant

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schell was born in New York City, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in Far Eastern History, was an exchange student at National Taiwan University in the 1960s, and earned a Ph.D. (Abd) at University of California, Berkeley in Chinese History. He worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist, and has traveled widely in China since the mid-70s.

Schell is the author of fifteen books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent book is: "Wealth and Power, China’s Long March to the 21st Century," just published by Random House. Among others, he is also the author of "Virtual Tibet"; “The China Reader: The Reform Years"; and "Mandate of Heaven: The Legacy of Tiananmen Square and the Next Generation of China’s Leaders."

He has written widely for many magazine and newspapers, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, TIME, The New Republic, Harpers, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, the China Quarterly, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

He is presently a Fellow both at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University as well as at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Schell is the recipient of many prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize in Asian Journalism.



Asia Society


Arthur Ross Director ,
Center on U.S.-China Relations