University Profiles

Zheng Wang Ph.D.

Zheng Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Dr. Wang is Coordinator for the School of Diplomacy Graduate Specialization in Global Negotiation & Conflict Management.

Dr. Zheng Wang joined the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in the fall of 2004. He directs the School’s graduate specialization in Global Negotiation and Conflict Management.

Dr. Wang is also a Global Fellow at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR). He has been a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a Visiting Scholar at Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies of Columbia University, a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore, and a Dr. Seaker Chan Endowed Visiting Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) of Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the 1990s, Zheng Wang served as a research fellow and then as the Deputy Director of Research at one of China’s think tanks on international peace and security issues.

Dr. Wang’s research interests lie in two closely connected areas: (1) peace and conflict management in East Asia, with special focus on U.S.-China relations and China’s external conflicts; and (2) nationalism, identity politics, and identity-based conflicts. His recent projects investigate China’s disputes with its neighbors, such as the dispute with Japan and the South China Sea disputes.

Dr. Wang has published journal articles and book chapters in various peer-reviewed publications, including: International Studies Quarterly; International Negotiation; and Journal of Contemporary China. His book Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations (Columbia University Press, 2012) decodes one of the most misunderstood and least addressed elements in Chinese politics today—historical memory. It examines how the Chinese people’s collective historical consciousness about the country’s traumatic national experience, combined with the state’s political use of the past, have become powerful forces in China’s national identity formation and social cohesion. These forces also affect the way China conceptualizes, manages, and resolves external conflict.

Considering himself both a researcher and a practitioner, Dr. Wang has regularly conducted conflict resolution training and acted as a facilitator in several problem-solving workshops and dialogue programs between participants of China-Japan, China-Taiwan, and U.S.-China. Dr. Wang is a regular contributor of foreign policy op-ed articles in national and international media, such as The New York Times, The Diplomat, and The National Interest.

Curriculum vitae »


  • Ph.D., Conflict Resolution, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University
  • M.A., Peace Studies, University of Bradford
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Cross-cultural Communication, Peking University

Academic Distinctions

  • Public Policy Scholar Fellowship Award, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., October 2012 – January 2013.

  • Senior Visiting Research Fellowship, National University of Singapore, June 2012 – September 2012.

  • University Research Council (URC) Summer Stipend and Research Grant Award, Seton Hall University, 2012, 2010 and 2007.

  • Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship for International Peace, United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Washington, D.C., October 1, 2010 – July 30, 2011.




Office Phone
(973) 275-2003


Office Location
Room 101A
McQuaid Hall


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