Ross G. Terrill, PhD

Ross Terrill

Title: Research Associate
Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Ross G. Terrill, PhD, Research Associate at Harvard University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Chinese history.

A renowned figure in the field of Chinese history, Dr. Terrill has amassed more than 50 years of professional experience in his areas of expertise. A research associate in the Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard University since 1970, he is a native Australian who first visited China in 1964, falling in love with the country. Alongside his role at Harvard University, he was also a visiting professor at Shandong University in China in 2011, the University of Texas at Austin from 1998 to 2004, and Monash University in Australia from 1996 to 1999.

Dr. Terrill commenced his career as a student at Wesley College, obtaining a Dux of College in 1956. After serving in the Australian Army, he attended the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science in 1962. Dr. Terrill relocated to the United States in 1965 and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from Harvard University in 1970, where his thesis was awarded the Sumner Prize and published through the Harvard University Press.

The author of more than 10 books in relation to Chinese history and politics, as well as a plethora of articles in professional journals, Dr. Terrill is most renowned for the publication of such books as “Mao: A Biography,” “800,000,000: The Real China,” “The Future of China: After Mao,” “Flowers on an Iron Tree: Five Cities of China,” and “The White Boned Demon: A Biography of Madame Mao Zedong.” He has also contributed book reviews and op-eds to a number of publications, including The New York Times, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and Washington Post. Furthermore, he has testified before the United States Congress numerous times and has been a special commentator for CBS News, the “Today Show,” ABC’s “Nightline,” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Terrill has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. The winner of the Curtin-MacArthur Leadership Award in 2006, he won the Book Prize from the Los Angeles Times in 2004 and the National Magazine Award for Reporting Excellence in 1972. In addition, he was the recipient of the George Polk Memorial Award for Outstanding Magazine Reporting in 1972 and a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship from Harvard University from 1965 to 1966. However, the highlight of his career was when he discovered that his book “Mao: A Biography” surpassed one million copies in China.

A member of the Authors Guild and PEN America, Dr. Terrill enjoys listening to music and traveling in his spare time. He has notably been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World. Looking toward the future, he plans on writing more novels and giving lectures in China.

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