Dr. William Ratliff is a research fellow and curator of the Americas Collection at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is also a fellow at the Independent Institute.
Dr. Ratliff has taught and lectured at universities on four continents, among them Stanford, Tunghai University (Taiwan), the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, colleges and institutes on the China mainland, including the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and the University of the Americas in Mexico. He has testified for the U.S. Congress and other U.S. Government agencies and participated in seminars of NGOs and think tanks ranging from the American Bar Association and Amnesty International to the U.S. National Defense University, the Brookings Institution and Austrian Defense Academy (Vienna).
Over the past decade Dr. Ratliff’s research and writing have focused on how traditional cultures and institutions and current ideologies have contributed to contemporary conditions in Asia and Latin America, and how they are likely to affect economic and political development in the future. Within these regions he has focused on China, Vietnam, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile and Cuba. Dr. Ratliff also specializes in Chinese relations with Latin America and on U.S. policies toward the two regions.
Dr. Ratliff’s books include Vietnam Rising, Doing It Wrong and Doing It Right: Education in Latin America and Asia and Law and Economics in Developing Countries, with Edgardo Buscaglia. For twenty-five years he was a regional editor for the Hoover Institution’s Yearbook on International Communist Affairs. He is currently completing a study entitled Development with Chinese Characteristics. He has published in Asian Survey, the China Quarterly, Asian Politics and Policies and other journals and written commentaries for all major U.S. and many foreign newspapers. On the Internet, he has written for the online “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and MSNBC’s “Opinion.”
Dr. Ratliff’s received his Ph.D. in Chinese History and Latin American History, and his M.A. in Chinese History from the University of Washington. His B.A. is from Oberlin College.