Experts

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 Ph.D. from Yale University in politics (1993) and his B.A. from the University of Virginia in government and foreign affairs (1986).

William J. Antholis News Feed

We sat down with Barnes, College of Arts & Sciences Dean Ian Baucom and Miller Center Director and CEO William J. Antholis, who also held a staff position at the White House National Security Council and the National Economic Council, to learn more about the new initiative and how students and alumni can get involved.
William Antholis UVA Today
More than a decade of hyper-partisanship in Washington, D.C., has pushed much of the policy-making to the state level, while also prompting presidents to use executive power to make changes to tax policy, health care and immigration, said William Antholis, director of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, which studies public policy and presidential administrations.
William Antholis The Wall Street Journal
“We wanted to celebrate the great things going on at the University in those three areas,” said William Antholis, co-chair of the Inauguration Steering Committee and director of the Miller Center. “It is especially important to Jim that the events include people from across the University – students, faculty, staff, the Health System – and reach out to the local community. He wants this to be a celebration of a place and a purpose, not of him as a person.”
William Antholis UVA Today
Miller Center Director William Antholis is interviewed on the BBC World Service about his decision to appoint Marc Short as a senior fellow.
William Antholis BBC World Service
William J. Antholis, Director & CEO of The University of Virginia’ s Miller Center, talks with Les Sinclair about the controversy surrounding the appointment of former Trump staffer, Marc Short, as a Senior Fellow at the organization.
William Antholis WINA
This week, WUVA News asked the UVA community about their most controversial new member, former Trump advisor Marc Short. We spoke with student activists Adam Kimelman and Mike Seay, sat down for an exclusive interview with Bill Antholis, the Director and CEO of the Miller Center, and heard from Professor Melvyn Leffler, who stepped down from his position at the Center in protest of Antholis’s decision to hire Short.
William Antholis WUVA