Elizabeth Economy '84

Elizabeth Economy '84

Economy is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and the Director of Asia Studies for the Council on Foreign Relations. An award-winning author and expert scholar on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, she has published numerous articles and written several books, including the highly-acclaimed The River Runs Black: the Environmental Challenge to China’s Future (2010). She is also the co-author of the new book By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World (2014). A resident of New York, Economy has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Washington.

Economy earned a B.A. with honors in political science from Swarthmore, followed by an A.M. in political science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Vermont Law School. Economy and her husband, David, have three children: Alexander, Nicholas, and Eleni.