Brantly Womack

C.K. Yen Professor of Politics

Fast Facts

  • C.K. Yen Chair at the Miller Center
  • Expert on China
  • Received China Friendship Award for his work with Chinese universities


Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Asia
  • Economic Issues
  • Trade

Brantly Womack holds the Miller Center’s C. K. Yen Chair and is Professor of Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He received his BA in politics and philosophy from the University of Dallas, and after a Fulbright in philosophy at the University of Munich, earned his PhD in political science from University of Chicago. He is the author of China Among Unequals: Asymmetric International Relationships in Asia (World Scientific Press 2010) and China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry (Cambridge 2006), as well as more than 100 articles and book chapters. He edited China’s Rise in Historical Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield 2010), the product of a lecture series at the Miller Center, and Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective (Cambridge 1991). In 2011, Womack received the China Friendship Award for his work with Chinese universities. He holds honorary positions at Jilin University, East China Normal University, and Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University. 

Brantly Womack News Feed

President Trump is firing the opening salvos of a two-front trade war, one in the west against advanced economies and allies, and the other in the east against China. While some critics oppose trade wars in principle, others think that we should unite with our allies against China. The fixation with China is understandable. It is the rising elephant in the room. However, the global economic transformation is larger than China, and efforts to contain China are likely to backfire.
Brantly Womack The Hill
What can Americans expect from the June 12 meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un?  What should our strategy be?
UVA Today sat down with the Miller Center's Todd Sechser and Brantly Womack ahead of Monday’s summit to discuss the key points they will be looking for in any new deal and the potential impact of the summit on U.S. foreign policy.
Brantly Womack and Todd Sechser UVA Today
China responds to proposed U.S. tariffs with tariffs of its own, demonstrating that it now considers itself to be a great world power.
Miller Center scholars are featured in a wide range of Virginia Festival of the Book events this week
"The question this makes very vivid is, is Xi Jinping's personal power overriding the power of institutions and the constitution?" says University of Virginia Political Scientist Brantly Womack.
Brantly Womack NPR "All Things Considered"