Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, Speaks at USALI

On Thursday, February 19, USALI welcomed Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, as our speaker for the Institute’s weekly lunch.

Ezra Vogel was a professor at Harvard from 1967 to 2000.  He succeeded John Fairbank to become the second director of Harvard’s East Asian Research Center and second chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies, director of the Fairbank Center and the founding director of the Asia Center, and director of the East Asian Studies undergraduate concentration from its inception in 1972 until 1991.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Vogel has taught courses on Japanese society, Communist Chinese society, and industrial East Asia. From fall 1993 to fall 1995, Dr. Vogel took a two-year leave of absence from Harvard to serve as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council in Washington.

Among his publications are: Japan As Number One, 1979, which in Japanese translation became a best seller in Japan, and Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, 2011, which in Chinese translation became a best seller in China. He has lectured frequently in Asia, in both Chinese and Japanese.

Dr. Vogel received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University.