Xiaobo Lü is Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and the Founding Director of Columbia Global Centers (East Asia) which he ran between 2008 and 2010. He is former director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Professor Lu teaches courses on Chinese politics, political economy, and comparative politics. His research interests include Chinese politics, US-China relations, post-socialist political economies, corruption and good governance, regulatory reforms, and government-business relations. He has published widely on these subjects and consults for business firms, civic groups, and government agencies. He is the author of several books. His new book, From Player to Referee: Politics of the Rise of the Regulatory State in China is forthcoming. He has been visiting professor at Tsinghua University and Jiaotong University in China; City University of Hong Kong; Sciences-Po and Paris University I-Sorbonne in Paris. Professor Lu serves on the editorial boards of several international scholarly journals. He is a member of Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee of US-China Relations.