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Professor ZHENG Yongnian  郑永年 教授)

Education Background

PhD (Political Science), Princeton University, 1990-1995
MA (Political Science), Princeton University, 1990-1992
MA (Political Science), Beijing University, 1985-1988
BA (International Relations), Beijing University, 1981-1985

Research & Teaching Interests

Nationalism and international relations

International and regional security in East Asia

China’s foreign policy

Globalization, state transformation and social justice

Technological development and political change

Social movements and democratization

Comparative central-local relations

Chinese politics



Zheng Yongnian is Professor and Director of East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He is Editor of Series on Contemporary China (World Scientific Publishing) and Editor of China Policy Series (Routledge). He is also a co-editor of China: An International Journal. He has studied both China's transformation and its external relations. His papers have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Third World Quarterly and China Quarterly. He is the author of 13 books, including Technological Empowerment, De Facto Federalism in China, Discovering Chinese Nationalism in China and Globalization and State Transformation in China, and coeditor of 11 books on China's politics and society including the latest volume China and the New International Order (2008).  


Besides his research work, Professor Zheng has also been an academic activist.  He served as a consultant to United Nation Development Programme on China's rural development and democracy.  In addition, he has been a columnist for Xinbao (Hong Kong) and Zaobao (Singapore) for many years, writing numerous commentaries on China's domestic and international affairs.    


Professor Zheng received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Beijing University, and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He was a recipient of Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1995-1997) and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2003-2004). He was Professor and founding Research Director of the China Policy Institute, the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.


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