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

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.”

William Antholis The Cavalier Daily
Impeachment is the central issue gripping the presidency today. It has been 10 weeks since Speaker Pelosi announced that she was beginning an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Miller Center scholars have been approaching this momentous inquiry with our nonpartisan mission clearly in mind. As a guide to the perplexed, this is a summary of some of their key legal and political observations, plus a few of my own. This is a “first take” in weaving together their analyses, and was largely completed before the release of the Intelligence Committee’s report and the start of the Judiciary Committee’s deliberations.
William Antholis Crime Story
Miller Center Director William Antholis explores the eight critical questions in need of answers.
Miller Center
In 2020, there will be five major challenges facing the presidency, our democracy, and the world. Each issue affects Charlottesville. And on each issue, Charlottesville and the University of Virginia can contribute.
“The Constitution’s impeachment provisions mean that Congress has the staggering power to remove a president, one of few areas where it has primary power in our checks and balances,” Miller Center Director and CEO William Antholis said. “This power – as grave as the decision to go to war – must be handled with the utmost solemnity and humility. In that spirit, we at the Miller Center are committed to bringing light, not heat, to a difficult moment for our democracy.”
William Antholis UVA Today
Miller Center Director William Antholis is interviewed by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.
William Antholis Swiss Broadcasting Corporation