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 US 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 US government, and was a founding member of the Congressional US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.