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Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr. Jinghan Zeng is Deputy Director of the Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East (AAME) and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. He previously taught at De Montfort University and University of Warwick. He is also an Associate Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He holds degrees from the University of Warwick (PhD, May 2012- April 2014) and the University of Pittsburgh (MA, 2011). His research lies in the field of Chinese politics with more specific interests in domestic politics of China's rise. He is interested in how China perceives its role and the impact of domestic politics on this perception.

He is the author of The Chinese Communist Party's Capacity to Rule: Ideology, Legitimacy and Party Cohesion (2015). His academic papers have appeared in Journal of Contemporary China, International Affairs, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Contemporary Politics, Australian Journal of International Affairs among others. He frequently appears in the media, both international and national, including the BBC, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera, Russia Today (RT), China Global Television Network (CGTN) and the Danish Broadcasting Corp. He has written op-ed articles for The Diplomat, BBC(Chinese), The Conversation, Policy Forum among others. Before his academic career, he worked for the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York City.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Royal Holloway