Yuan Ming is Director of the Institute of International Relations and Director of the American Studies Center of Peking University. She studied English language and literature in the Western Languages Department of Peking University from 1962 to 1967 and then spent 8 years of teaching English in Shanxi Province during the “cultural revolution”. In 1979 she came back to Peking University as a graduate student in the Law School, majoring in International Law and International Relations. She joined the faculty of Peking University after receiving her M.A. degree and was promoted to associate professor in 1986 and full professor in 1991. Yuan Ming was a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley from 1983 to 1985. From 1989 to 1990, she was a Senior Associate Member at the St. Antony’s College in Oxford University. Since 1995, she was invited and did research at leading American institutions including the Carter Center in Atlanta, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. She travels a lot in the world and is a frequent speaker at many international gatherings such as the Trilateral Commission, the World Economic Forum, the Club of Rome.
Yuan Ming teaches the History of International Relations, Western Classics of International Relations at Peking University. Her main publications include A History of International Relations (1648–1989), Cross Century Assignment: the International Relations Studies in China. She is also the co-editor of Sino-American Relations, 1945-1955, the Golden Age of the U.S.-China-Japan Triangle, 1972-1989. She is also the author of many essays published in China, the United States, Russia, U.K., Germany, Norway, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.
Yuan Ming is a Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (1998-2013) and also a Member of the Committee of Foreign Relations of CPPCC. She sits on the boards of numbers of distinguished organizations in China. She was also the Trustee of the Asia Society in New York (1998-2004). She joined the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in 2004 . In 2007, following a recommended by the Chinese government, she joined the Board of the United Nations Foundation.