William J. Antholis

Fast Facts

  • Former managing director at The Brookings Institution
  • Director of international economic affairs for the National Security Council in the Clinton Administration
  • Expertise on climate change, India, China, international economics, development, U.S. foreign policy

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Asia
  • Domestic Affairs
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Science and Technology
  • Economic Issues
  • Trade
  • Elections
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

William J. Antholis serves as Director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history.

Immediately prior, he served as managing director at The Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014. In that capacity, he worked directly with Brookings' president and vice presidents to help manage the full range of policy studies, develop new initiatives, coordinate research across programs, strengthen the policy impact of Brookings’ research, and ensure the quality and independence of that research. On behalf of Brookings’ president, he also worked directly with Brookings’ board of trustees and a range of university, philanthropic, and other institutional partners. He was a resident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, where his work focused on the politics and institutions of international diplomacy.

Antholis is the author of the book Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global. It explores how country-sized provinces and states in the world’s two biggest nations are increasingly becoming global players. Along with Brookings’ President Strobe Talbott, he is the author of Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming. He has published articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change, and trade.

From 1995 to 1999, Antholis served in government. At the White House, he was director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and National Economic Council, where he served as the chief staff person for the G8 Summits in 1997 and 1998. He also was deputy director of the White House climate change policy team. At the State Department, he served on the policy planning staff and in the economic affairs bureau. Prior to joining Brookings, he served for five years as director of studies and senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a U.S. grant-making and public policy institution devoted to strengthening transatlantic cooperation. In that capacity, Antholis was project director of the Trade and Poverty Forum, a six-country dialogue of leading citizens and legislators focused on using the global economy to address persistent global poverty and inequality. He was also an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and a visiting fellow at the Center of International Studies at Princeton University.

In 1991, Antholis co-founded the Civic Education Project, a nonprofit organization that supported western-trained social science instructors at universities in 23 Central and Eastern European countries. He served on its board of trustees until 2007, when it was absorbed by the Central Eastern European University.

Antholis earned his PhD from Yale University in politics (1993) and his BA degree from the University of Virginia in government and foreign affairs (1986).

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The 1821 Greek War of Independence is a case study that still informs our diplomacy.
University of Virginia Miller Center President Bill Antholis says arguments are likely not to cease in Washington even if senators do not vote to convict former-President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.
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William Antholis joins The Greek Current podcast to explore the lessons the US can take from Greece’s experience with populism, the US-China relationship and China’s foothold in the Mediterranean with its investment in the port of Piraeus, and Biden’s foreign policy architecture.
William Antholis The Greek Current Podcast
A lot also depends on Congress, Owen said, and on monetary policy, which presidents don’t control. “If we’re thinking about them acting unilaterally, they have very few tools,” said Bill Antholis, at the University of Virginia Miller Center. He said that’s especially true when the economy is in crisis. Their ability to perfectly correct the crisis is extremely limited.”
William Antholis Marketplace
Political scientist Bill Antholis, 56, who has been the director and CEO of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia since 2014, has a deeper knowledge of the goings-on in Washington than most people. Prior to that he was the managing director of the Brookings Institution for 10 years while he has also served as director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council in the Clinton White House. Antholis, who is Greek American, spoke to Kathimerini about the Biden administration’s new policies related to Greece, Turkey, Europe and NATO, while also providing useful insights regarding the recent developments in US politics that marked the tumultuous ending of the Trump era.
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Interviews are underway for the University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs’ latest oral history project about the career of Hillary Clinton. The project is the first time the center has tackled an oral history about a woman and one of only a handful about a non-president.
William Antholis The Daily Progress