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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Miller Center Director and CEO William Antholis hopes that the events, which include audience participation options, can provide unique insight on the current crisis while helping members of the University community and the public feel connected even in this time of social isolation.
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How many times have we heard “Trump’s handling of [insert crisis] will be a turning point and/or define his presidency”?
William Antholis The Hill
Last month, the singer used his considerable spotlight to highlight – and donate to – the work that Bassett, an associate professor of practice in the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and her colleagues are doing through the Charlottesville-based nonprofit Project Adelante. Springsteen heard about Project Adelante through UVA Miller Center Director and CEO William Antholis with the support of politics and public policy professor David Leblang, who has been working with scholars across Grounds on immigration issues.
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William Antholis, director of the Miller Center, began the event by introducing the two guests and explaining how the University has been and remains connected to New Jersey in many ways. James Madison, who helped Thomas Jefferson establish the University, attended Princeton University in New Jersey. Woodrow Wilson, who briefly attended the University’s Law School also attended Princeton and was the governor of New Jersey. President Jim Ryan was born and raised in New Jersey and still goes there for vacation.
William J. Antholis The Cavalier Daily
On this first day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a nonpartisan group out of the University of Virginia is weighing in. On Tuesday, the Senate got to work setting rules for the proceedings. The Miller Center’s CEO and president, Bill Antholis, is studying the ways this impeachment process is similar and different from those of former presidents Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Andrew Johnson.
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Despite the chaotic events happening in the nation’s capital, William Antholis, director and CEO of the Miller Center, believes the Center is poised to make important contributions to the national conversation. “[Impeachment creates] the best of times and the worst of times for places like the Miller Center,” Antholis said. “We feel really called to serve. We think our expertise … brings a combination of scholarly rigor, with non-partisan civil discourse. It's the worst of times because this is a very trying moment in our country.”

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