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Steven M. Goldstein

Sophia Smith Professor of Government

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Steven M. Goldstein received his doctorate from Columbia University. He has been a member of the Smith College Department of Government since 1968. In 1998 he was named the Sophia Smith Professor of Government.

Goldstein is the director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard University and has been a visiting faculty member at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Columbia University. In the spring of 2012 he was Van Beuren Chair Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Naval War College.

From 1983 to 1984 he was the director of the China Council of the Asia Society in New York. In 2010, he was selected for the first class of research associates and fellows of the National Asia Research Program (NARP). This project is sponsored jointly by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Twenty-seven scholars of Asia were chosen whose work is considered to be relevant to American policy in Asia.

Goldstein's research interest has been largely related to issues of Chinese domestic and foreign policy. He has published studies of Sino-American relations; Sino-Soviet relations; the emergence of a Chinese Communist view of world affairs and the reform process in post-Mao China. His current research focus is on the relations between the mainland and Taiwan as well as the evolution of U.S.-Taiwan relations. He has written, co-authored or edited nine books as well as many scholarly articles and book reviews.

In 1989, he served as a CNN commentator in Beijing during the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev and the Tiananmen demonstrations. Goldstein was a writer and on-screen commentator for the PBS series "The Chinese."