Ian Johnson is a Beijing-based correspondent of The New York Times and regular contributor for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. He is associate editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. He visited China for the first time in 1984, and has spent more than twelve years there. His research focuses on civil society, religion, and China's search for new values.
During his time as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal Johnson won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China. Johnson received a Master's degree in Chinese Studies from the Free University of Berlin, held a research fellowship at Harvard University, and a grant from the Open Society Institute.