Daniel A. Bell (born 1964) is chair professor of the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and director of the Berggruen Institute of Philosophy and Culture. He was previously director of the Center for International and Comparative Political Theory at Tsinghua University. He was born in Montreal, educated at McGill and Oxford, has taught in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and has held research fellowships at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values and Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, as well as a Lady Davis fellowship at Hebrew University.
He is the author of numerous books including The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (2015), The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age [coauthored with Avner de-Shalit] (2011), China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society (2010), Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context (2006), and East Meets West: Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia (2000).
He writes widely on politics and philosophy for the leading media outlets in China and the West. He is the series editor of a translation series by Princeton University Press that aims to translate the most influential and original works of Chinese scholars (http://press.princeton.edu/catalogs/series/title/the-princeton-china-series.html). He is also the editor of Confucian Political Ethics (Princeton University Press) and the coeditor of four books with Cambridge University Press.