China Institute

Dr Olivia Cheung

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China Institute Research Fellow, SOAS China Institute
China Institute
MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Dr Olivia Cheung (DPhil, Oxon) is Research Fellow at the SOAS China Institute, SOAS University of London. She is working with Professor Steve Tsang on the project ‘The Political Thought of Xi Jinping’. She is also writing a single-authored book on factionalism and ideology in Chinese politics, from Mao Zedong through to Xi Jinping. Her works have appeared in the China Quarterly, Asan Forum, Third World Quarterly, South African Journal of International Affairs, St Antony’s International Review, East Asia Forum, the edited book Non-Western Global Theories of International Relations (Samantha Cooke ed.), etc. Prior to joining SOAS, she was Teaching Fellow in East Asian Politics and International Relations and Course Director for MA in International Politics and East Asia at the University of Warwick. She earned her D.Phil. in Politics as a Swire Scholar at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where she also obtained her M.Phil. in Politics as a Rhodes Scholar. Previously, she obtained her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government & Laws) from the University of Hong Kong as a HKU Scholar.

Research interests

Contemporary Chinese history, domestic politics, and foreign policy.

Current research project: The Political Thought of Xi Jinping


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