Founded in 1955, the Fairbank Center exists to advance scholarship in all fields of Chinese studies at Harvard.

We do this in many ways, sponsoring seminars and conferences, supporting faculty and student research, maintaining Harvard’s research library on contemporary China, hosting postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and associates in research, and publishing new research.

The Center strives to involve all members of the Harvard community—undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, associates, staff, and alumni—in its intellectual life. Likewise, the Center relies on a high level of participation from faculty based at institutions across New England.

In addition, the Fairbank Center works closely with the other international centers and institutes, and with the Harvard Center Shanghai in particular, to promote the study of global issues on campus and to expand Harvard’s global reach in Greater China and the Sinophone world.