David I. Steinberg is Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University, and a Senior Consultant to The Asia Foundation. He has been Distinguished Professor of Korean Studies at Georgetown and President of the Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs. Prior to these positions, he was a member of the Senior Foreign Service in the Department of State, Agency for International Development, where at various times he was Director of Technical Assistance for Asia, the Near East and South Asia, and the Middle East. As Director for Philippines, Thailand, and Burma Affairs, he negotiated the reentry of USAID into Burma in 1978. In USAID, he also spent three years in its Regional Mission in Bangkok and in the Office of Evaluation in Washington, where he wrote a number of the evaluation studies published by that office. He was also a representative of The Asia Foundation in Burma (1958–62), Hong Kong, Korea, and Washington, D. C.
He is the author of ten books and monographs, including The Future of Burma: Crisis and Choice in Myanmar (University Press of America, 1990); Burma A Socialist Nation of Southeast Asia (Westview Press, 1982); and Bur- ma’s Road toward Development: Growth and Ideology under Military Rule (Westview Press, 1981). He is also the author of a variety of works on Korea, including The Republic of Korea: Economic Development and Social Change (Westview Press, 1989), as well as some 80 articles and volume chapters. He is a frequent writer for the press and has published over 200 columns, called the “Stone Mirror,” in the Korea Times (Seoul).
David Steinberg was educated at Dartmouth College, Lingnan University (Canton, China), Harvard University, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he studied Burmese and Southeast Asian history. He has lived over seventeen years in Asia, including four years in Burma. He is a native of Boston, Massachusetts.