The Institute of American Studies (IAS) under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences was founded in May 1981. It is a non-profit academic institution engaged in the comprehensive studies of the United States of America.
The research work at IAS is basically conducted in its four research departments focusing respectively on American politics, economy, diplomacy, and society and culture.
The Department of American Politics is mainly engaged in the study of American political system, U. S. Congress, federal and local governments, political thought, and current political changes and policies. The Department of American Economy conducts research on American economic system and structure and reviews U. S. government economic policies. It constantly follows the current economic situation in the United States. Sino-American economic and trade relations are examined against a broader background. The Department of American Diplomacy studies U. S. foreign relations in the contemporary world. It carries out programs on U. S. diplomatic history with a particular focus on the history of Sino-American relations since 1949. This Department furnishes up-to-date information and analysis of American foreign policy. The Department of American Society and Culture has several projects to examine contemporary American cultural ideas and trends, racial relations, the relations between church and government, and American social security system. The Editorial Department is responsible for the editing and publication of the scholarly journal, American Studies Quarterly, which is co-sponsored by IAS and the Chinese Association for American Studies. This journal is the main field where Chinese scholars of American studies publish their works and exchange their viewpoints. In addition, this Department also edits and publishes the monthly Business Review, which is basically the Chinese version of Harvard Business Review with the copyright of the published articles. IAS also circulates its newsletter among concerned scholars and institutions.
The Institute provides society with academic monographs, papers, investigation reports, data, and translated books, as well as with consultation. In addition to national key projects under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Institute carries out its own research programs to meet a variety of needs. It also takes assignments entrusted by relevant government departments, enterprises, and social organizations.
Participating Departments or Schools
- Institute of American Studies
School Address - Chinese
- Huang Ping 黄平
Chen Baosen 陈宝森, Hu Guocheng 胡国成, Ni Feng 倪峰, Xiao Lian, Xu Siquan, Yang Dazho, Yuan Zheng 袁征, Zhang Liping, Zhang Yebai, Zhang Yunling, Zhu Shida
History of American Diplomacy, History of American Economy, History of American Politics, History of American Society
The IAS Library boasts of holding over 30,000 volumes in English, among them about 1,000 reference books, and 13,000 volumes in Chinese, of which 700 are reference books. Many of the holdings in Chinese are works in American studies by Chinese writers published in the last few years. The library is open to researchers of the Institute as well as to readers at large.
*CASS is not a member of USCET’s American Studies Network