Cheng Li

Director, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution,

Cheng Li is Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. Dr. Li is also Director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. His recent books include Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership (2016), The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in China (2017), and Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement (2021). Li received an M.A. in Asian Studies from UC. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton.