Tony Kane PhotoAnthony Kane, Ph.D.



Tony Kane trained as a historian of modern China at Harvard and the University of Michigan and spent most of his life working to increase understanding between China and the United States.  After beginning his career teaching history at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Kane joined the The Asia Society in New York in 1986 as Director of the China Council, a nationwide public education program on Contemporary China. In 1991 he moved to the People’s Republic of China as American Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, and he subsequently became Executive Director of the program. More recently he spent another two years in China, living in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, where he consulted with a group of international schools to improve their Chinese language teaching curriculum as well as working with a World Bank consortium of business schools to improve their MBA programs. He returned from China to Washington D.C. and began working at American Councils for International Education, where as Consulting Director for Chinese Programs he developed a wide range of programs to enhance the Chinese language ability of students of all ages,   working with Chinese universities, high schools and other partner institutions. In 2015 he initiated a program to create “A New Generation of Taiwan-based US Students of Chinese Language and Culture.” He retired at the end of 2016.