Ezra Feivel Vogel is a Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University and has written on Japan, China, and Asia.
In 1960-61, he was assistant professor at Yale University and from 1961-62 through 1963-64 a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard, studying Chinese language and history. He remained at Harvard, becoming lecturer in 1964 and professor in 1967.
Vogel succeeded John Fairbank as second Director (1972-1977) of Harvard's East Asian Research Center and second Chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies (1977-1980). He was director of the program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Center for International Affairs (1980-1987) and, since 1987, honorary director.
In 1993 he took a two-year leave of absence, serving as national intelligence officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council. He returned to Harvard in September 1995 to direct the Fairbank Center until 1999 and was head of the Asia Center from 1997 to 1999.
The Japanese edition of Vogel's book Japan as Number One: Lessons for America (1979) remains the all-time best-seller in Japan of non-fiction by a Western author. His other books include Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (2011).
He officially retired in 2000 but remains active in research and East Asia related activities.
Last Updated: Jan 03, 2012