ARTHUR WALDRON is a historian of China with a focus on the origins and development of nationalism, and the study of war and violence in general. He has published numerous scholarly papers and reviews, and written, edited, or contributed to more than twenty books, including two in Chinese only. Since 1997 he has been the Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Waldron is a founder and vice president of the International Assessment and Strategy Center in Washington DC. He is a former director of Asian studies with the American Enterprise Institute, a director of the American Association of Chinese Studies, a member of the Board of the Jamestown Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to arriving at the University of Pennsylvania, Waldron taught at Harvard University, the U.S. Naval War College, Brown University, and Princeton University.
Waldron has lived and studied in China, Japan, Taiwan, France, England, and the former Soviet Union, where he earned a certificate in Russian language proficiency.He occasionally consults for the U.S. government, and was a founding member of the Congressional US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
Waldron attended the Taft School in Watertown, CT and Winchester College in England. His undergraduate education was at Harvard College. In 1988, Waldron married, and has two sons.
- The Great Wall of China: from History to Myth (1989)
- The Modernization of Inner Asia (Ed.)(1991)
- Zhong-Xi wenhua yu jiaohui daxue 中西文化與教會大學 [Chinese and Western Culture and Denominational Colleges in China] (Ed.) (1991)
- How the Peace Was Lost: The 1935 Memorandum “Developments Affecting American Policy in the Far East” (1992)
- From War to Nationalism: China’s Turning Point 1924-1925 (1995)
- Zhongguo jiaohui daxue shi luncong 中國教會大學史論叢 [Essays on the History of Denominational Colleges in China](Ed.)(1995)
- The People in Arms: Military Myth and National Mobilization Since the French Revolution (2003)) (ed.)
- The Chinese: A History of their Present (forthcoming 2017)