SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Mr Connor Judge

BA (SOAS) MA (Nottingham, Ningbo)
  • Teaching
  • Research


Connor Judge
Mr Connor Judge
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Thesis title:
Foreign Policy Discourses in Early Imperial China: a Case Study of Han-Xiongnu Relations
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My main research funded by the Wolfson Foundation focusses on historical analysis of political relations between the Xiongnu (Hunnu) and Han Dynasties utilising frameworks derived from the English School of International Relations Theory. I examine common institutions such as great power primacy, trade, intermarriage and war between these two empires. My research also scrutinises early imperial China’s foreign policy decision-making and strategic implications. This interdisciplinary research relies on historiographical, literary and cosmological treatises in Old Chinese. My other research focusses on contemporary Mongolia’s economic relations and the PRC's utilisation of the ancient Silk Road's historical precedent to promote the Belt-Road Initiative (BRI) in Central Asia.


  • SOAS China Institute
  • Wolfson Foundation
  • Chatham House
  • American Center for Mongolian Studies


  • Chinese Year Abroad: Sinological Research Project
  • Chinese 404: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 2


  • Mongolian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Xiongnu Studies
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Security Studies
  • Human Rights