Richard Baum is Professor of Political Science
at UCLA, where he specializes in the study of Chinese and East Asian politics
and international relations. He grew up in Westwood, attended UCLA, and received
both his M.A and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
After joining the UCLA faculty in1968, he served
as a director of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a
founding member of the China Council of the Asia Society. He has been a
consultant to numerous public and private organizations, including the U.S.
Government, the United Nations, and the RAND Corporation. He is past chairman of
the faculty Committee on Chinese Studies at UCLA.
He has lived and traveled widely throughout East
Asia and has written, co-authored, and edited eight books and more than sixty
scholarly articles. He has been a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of
the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and other
major newspapers. His most recent book, "Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the
Age of Deng Xiaoping," was published by Princeton University Press in 1994. A
paperback edition is due out in December 1995.