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Dr. David M. Lampton Awarded the Inaugural Scalapino Prize

In keeping with the National Asia Research Program’s mission to reinvigorate and promote the policy-relevant study of Asia, The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars awarded the inaugural Scalapino Prize to Dr. David M. Lampton. The award was presented on June 17, 2010, at the 2010 Asia Policy Assembly in Washington, D.C., in recognition of Dr. Lampton's exceptional contributions to America’s understanding of the vast changes underway in Asia.

Click on the title of each presentation to hear audio from the Scalapino Award Ceremony


Dr. David M. Lampton at the 2010 Asia Policy Assembly

Dr. Robert A. Scalapino

Opening Remarks

Honoring Robert Scalapino

Scholars in the field of Asian studies share their stories about working with Robert Scalapino.

Scalapino Prize Presentation

NBR's Rich Ellings and the Wilson Center's Robert Hathaway present the inaugural Scalapino Prize to China scholar David M. Lampton.


The Scalapino Prize honors the legacy of Dr. Robert Scalapino, arguably the foremost scholar of Asia over the past sixty years. The Scalapino Prize will be presented at each Asia Policy Assembly to a leading U.S. scholar from that year's class of National Asia Research Associates and Fellows whose career demonstrates the dedication exemplified by Professor Scalapino in understanding Asia and advancing effective U.S. engagement with the region.

About Dr. Robert A. Scalapino

Professor Robert A Scalapino taught in the Political Science Department at the University of California at Berkeley from 1949 to 1990. In 1978 he founded the Institute of East Asian Studies and remained its director until his retirement in 1990. He is currently Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus. He has published some 553 articles and 39 books or monographs on Asian politics and U.S. Asian policy. Professor Scalapino has been the recipient of a number of research grants under such auspices as the Guggenheim Foundation, Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and numerous others.

Professor Scalapino was a founder and first chairman of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Between 1965 and 1980, he was a member of the State Department Advisory Committees on East Asia and on China. He is currently a member of the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation and the Advisory Boards of the Atlantic Council, the Pacific Forum-CSIS, and The National Bureau of Asian Research. He has served on the Board of The Asia Society and is Director Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the Japan Society of Northern California. In addition, he sits on numerous other editorial boards and committees for educational and governmental agencies. Professor Scalapino received his B.A. degree from Santa Barbara College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

About Dr. David M. Lampton

Dr. Lampton is Dean of Faculty, George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies, and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise include China, East Asia, and Taiwan. Before joining Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Dr. Lampton was president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations; founding director of China Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and associate professor of political science at Ohio State University. He is an honorary senior fellow at the Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Dr. Lampton holds an honorary doctorate from the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Dr. Lampton is a prolific author. His most recent publications include The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (2008), Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations 1989-2000 (2001), and Taiwan’s Elections, Direct Flights and China’s Line in the Sand, co-author (2005). Dr. Lampton serves on various non-profit boards and is consultant to the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program.