Zheng Wang, Ph.D.

Professor; Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)
School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Dr. Zheng Wang is the Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) and a Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He also directs the School’s graduate specialization in Global Negotiation and Conflict Management. Dr. Wang is currently a Carnegie Fellow at New America, a Global Fellow at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR). He is also a nonresidential Senior Fellow at two Chinese universities: The China Center for the South China Sea Studies in Nanjing University and the Research Institute of the Maritime Silk Road (RIMS) at HSBC Business School (PHBS) of Peking University.

Dr. Wang has extensive professional and academic experience in the Asia Pacific region. He has been a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a Visiting Fellow 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.

Dr. Wang's research interests lie in three closely connected areas: (1) peace and conflict studies, with special focus on identity-based conflicts, nationalism, and the politics of historical memory; (2) peace and conflict management in East Asia, with special focus on China's rise and its impact on regional peace and security; (3) foreign-domestic linkage in Chinese politics and foreign relations. His recent projects investigate China's disputes with its neighbors, such as the dispute with Japan and the South China Sea disputes.

Dr. Wang is the author of the Columbia University Press book Never Forget National Humiliation: Historic Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations . This book received International Studies Association's The Yale H. Ferguson Award which "recognizes the book that most advances the vibrancy of international studies as a pluralist discipline." The Japanese version of the book was published in Japan in 2014. His new book, Memory Politics, Identity and Conflict: Historical Memory as a Variable will be published soon by Palgrave Macmillan. He also has another new book on the South China Sea disputes and China’s new diplomacy which is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Dr. Wang has published journal articles and book chapters in various peer-reviewed publications, including: International Studies Quarterly, International Negotiation, Asian Survey, Asia Policy, History and Memory, Journal of Contemporary China and Wilson Quarterly. He is regular contributor of op-ed articles in national and international media, such as The New York Times, TIME, The National Interest and Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore). He writes a foreign policy op-ed column in The Diplomat.

As a researcher and a practitioner, Dr. Wang regularly conducts conflict resolution trainings and acts as a facilitator in several interactive conflict resolution dialogue programs between participants of China-Japan, China-Taiwan, and U.S.-China in recent years.

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