Minxin Pei

Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College; specialist in governance in China and in US-Asia relations


Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ‘72 Professor of Government and the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. He is also the Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations (2018-2019) and a non-resident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Prior to joining Claremont McKenna College in 2009, he was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and served as its director of the China Program from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Pei was an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University from 1992 to 1998. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (Harvard University Press, 1994), China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard University Press, 2006), and China's Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay (Harvard University Press, 2016). Mr. Pei's research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Daedalus, Asian Survey, the National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, and many edited books.  His op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune.com, and Nikkei Asian Review. He is a columnist for Project Syndicate and Newsweek Japan.