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).

William J. Antholis News Feed

The panelists all praised the University for its long-standing commitment to educating students and conducting research on topics related to preserving democracy. William Antholis, director and CEO of the Miller Center of Public Affairs, said prior to the discussion that Thomas Jefferson envisioned the University as being the greatest place in the world to study democracy.
William Antholis The Cavalier Daily
With just over a year until our next presidential election, our country feels deeply divided over the American dream. Do we still believe in it? Is it a lie? Across history, authors, poets and musicians — from Harriet Beecher Stowe and Walt Whitman to Woody Guthrie and Toni Morrison — have wrestled with the idea that all Americans are created equal, with equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. At a moment when white working-class men might determine the future of the country in next year’s presidential election, an iconic American voice — Bruce Springsteen — is ret
William Antholis Richmond Times-Dispatch
Miller Center director and CEO writes about how past presidencies dealt with the big issues—and how they will impact next year's election
Pete Wehner’s new book, the Death of Politics, is at its core a book about moral courage in both senses—obeying principles and embracing opponents. Its great accomplishment is to provide a practical, working definition of political morality that can appeal to all Americans when our politics appear broken.
William Antholis Public Orthodoxy
Bill Antholis, director and CEO of the University Miller Center of Public Affairs, sat down with WUVA to talk about his thoughts on the Presidential Ideas Festival and the future plans for the Miller Center.
William Antholis WUVA
At UVA's Presidential Idea Festival, President Bill Clinton offered an examination of the office—from the unique vantage point of someone who has held it.