Tongdong Bai is the Dongfang Chair Professor of Philosophy at Fudan University in China. His research interests include Chinese philosophy and political philosophy, especially the comparative and contemporary relevance of traditional Chinese political philosophy. His book, A New Mission of an Old State: the Comparative and Contemporary Relevance of Classical Confucian Political Philosophy (in Chinese) was published by Peking University Press in 2009, and his book, China: The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom (in English), was published by Zed Books in 2012. Bai is the director of an English-based MA, Visiting Student, and Auditing program in Chinese philosophy that is intended to promote the studies of Chinese philosophy in the world. He delivers lectures, in Chinese and English, in different venues, and is also involved in other social activities and organizations, all of which aim to promote new political norms that draw their resources from traditional Chinese philosophy and are informed by comparative philosophy and political theories. During the fellowship year, Bai will work on an English and drastically revised version of his 2009 book, which will explore Confucianism-inspired alternatives to liberal democracy in both domestic and global governance. Professor Bai is a Berggruen Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.