Expert Profile

Prof. Zheng Wang
Position(s) Executive-in-residence Fellow, GCSP; Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS); Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University

Dr. Zheng Wang is the Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) and a Professor in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. He is also an Abe Fellow of the Social Science Research Council and Japan Foundation, and the Boeing Visiting Chair in International Relations at the Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. Dr. Wang’s research interests lie in three closely connected areas: (1) identity-based conflicts, nationalism, and the politics of historical memory; (2) peace and conflict management in East Asia, with a special focus on China’s rise and its impact on regional peace and security; and (3) foreign-domestic linkages in Chinese politics and foreign relations. Dr. Wang is the author of the book Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations (Columbia University Press, 2012). This book received the International Studies Association’s “Book of the Year Award” in 2013. His 2018 book, Memory Politics, Identity and Conflict: Historical Memory as a Variable  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), contributes to methodological discussions concerning the use of historical memory as a variable to explain political actions and group conflict. He is the editor of the forthcoming book  COVID-19 and U.S.-China Relations. 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), the Dr. Seaker Chan Endowed Visiting Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, a Carnegie Fellow at New America, and a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center. In recent years, Dr. Wang has received multiple highly competitive fellowships and grants from prestigious institutions. The most recent grant award from the Henry Luce Foundation supports him in conducting high-level U.S.-China Security Dialogue. This project has produced productive peace dialogues among former policymakers and senior experts bilaterally to explore options for mutually beneficial conflict analysis and management.