Thomas D. Lairson


Ph.D (University of Kentucky)

Thomas D. Lairson is Professor of Political Science at jindal school of liberal arts and humanities. He received the Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Lairson was the first Ford Foundation Professor of International Relations in 1994 at the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi and has taught at East China University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University, Fudan University and at Jindal Global University in India. He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship for Singapore in 2011.  Dr. Lairson teaches courses on the political economy of Asia, with a focus on China and India. 


He has published articles recently on the global financial crisis, U.S.-China relations, Vietnam and China, the global economy, state capitalism in China, the strategic relationship of China and Russia, and China’s Bridge and Road initiative.  With David Skidmore, he is author of International Political Economy: The Struggle for Power and Wealth in a Globalizing World, Routledge, 2017.  Professor Lairson is currently completing a book entitled “State Capitalism and Economic Growth in China.”