Julian Baird Gewirtz has been Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, an Academy Scholar at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, a lecturer in history at Columbia University, and a lecturer in history at Harvard University.
He is the author of several books: 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"; Never Turn Back: China and the Forbidden History of the 1980s (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2022); and a book of poems, Your Face, My Flag (Copper Canyon Press, forthcoming 2022).
He completed his doctorate in history in 2018 at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. 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.
His research is published in the Journal of Asian Studies, Past & Present, The American Scholar, the China Leadership Monitor, 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, Harper’s, and Foreign Policy.
His poems have been published by AGNI, Boston Review, Lambda Literary, The Nation, The New Republic, PEN America, Ploughshares, and The Yale Review, and have received recognition from the Academy of American Poets and Best American Poetry.
Samples of his work are here: “To X (Written on This Device You Made),” “Yde Girl,” and “Spend.” 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.