Zhiqun Zhu

Zhiqun Zhu

Professor of Political Science and International Relations
International Relations Department Chair
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Zhiqun Zhu, PhD, is professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University. He was Bucknell's inaugural director of the China Institute (2013-2017) and MacArthur Chair in East Asian politics (2008-2014). He has also taught at University of Bridgeport, Hamilton College, University of South Carolina, and Shanghai International Studies University. In the early 1990s, he was Senior Assistant to Consul for Press and Cultural Affairs at the American Consulate General in Shanghai.

He is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and is frequently quoted by international media to comment on Chinese and East Asian affairs.

Dr. Zhu's teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, East Asian political economy, and US-China relations. He is the author and editor of over 10 books, including Understanding East Asia's Economic "Miracles" (Association for Asian Studies, 2016); China's New Diplomacy: Rationale, Strategies and Significance (Ashgate, 2013); New Dynamics in East Asian Politics: Security, Political Economy, and Society(Continuum International, 2012); and US-China Relations in the 21st Century: Power Transition and Peace (Routledge, 2005).

Professor Zhu has received several research fellowships and grants, including two POSCO fellowships at the East-West Center in Hawaii, a Korea Foundation/Freeman Foundation grant to do research in Korea, two visiting fellowships at the East Asian Institute of National University of Singapore, a visiting professorship at Doshisha University in Japan, and a research grant from the American Political Science Association.

Courses typically offered

  • East Asian Politics
  • Chinese Politics
  • International Relations of East Asia
  • Senior Seminar: US-China Relations
  • Foundation Seminar: The US and Asia in the 21st Century

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications


Understanding East Asia's Economic "Miracles" (Ann Arbor: the Association for Asian Studies, 2016).

Globalization, Development, and Security in Asia [editor-in-chief, 4 volumes] (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2014).

China's New Diplomacy: Rationale, Strategies and Significance (Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010; updated and paperback edition, 2013).

New Dynamics in East Asian Politics: Security, Political Economy, and Society [ed.] (New York and London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012).

The People's Republic of China Today: Internal and External Challenges [ed.] (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2010).

U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century: Power Transition and Peace (New York: Routledge, 2006).


"Introduction: Foreign Policy and Security in an Asian Century," co-authored with Benny Teh Cheng, in Vol. I of Globalization, Development and Security in Asia, Zhiqun Zhu (editor-in-chief) (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2014): pp. 1-10.

"Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China," in Ryan K. Beasley, et al (eds.) Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective, 2nd edition (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2012): pp. 118-137.


"Comrades in Broken Arms: Shifting Chinese Policies Toward North Korea", Asian Politics & Policy, Vol. 8, No. 4 (2016): pp. 575-592.

"China's Foreign Policy," Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, Oxford University Press (online), March 2014.

"China-India Relations in the 21st Century: A Critical Review," Indian Journal of Asian Affairs, June-December 2011: pp. 1-16.