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Professor Jinghan Zeng

Professor of China and International Studies

Jinghan Zeng

The Round House

Lancaster University



Tel: +44 1524 593185

Research overview

Jinghan Zeng is Professor of China and International Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. He is also Academic Director of China Engagement and UK Director of Confucius Institute at Lancaster University. He previously taught at University of Warwick, De Montfort University and University of London's Royal Holloway College, where he co-founded Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East (AAME). He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He holds degrees from the University of Warwick (PhD, completed within 2 years, May 2012- April 2014) and the University of Pittsburgh (MA, 2011).


His research lies in the field of China's domestic and international politics. 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 The Pacific Review, Journal of Contemporary China, International Affairs, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies among others.


He frequently appears in the media including the BBC, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Russia Today (RT) and China Global Television Network (CGTN). 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.


Prospective PhD students who want to study Chinese domestic and international politics are welcome. 


曾敬涵,英国兰卡斯特大学 政治哲学宗教系教授,兼国际合作(中国)主管,孔子学院外方院长 

PhD supervision

• China’s domestic politics • China’s international politics • EU-China relations, US-China relations, China-Africa relations • East Asian politics

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