Yunyun Zhou

Senior Lecturer - China Studies
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Following my undergraduate studies in Beijing (BA in Literature and BS in Psychology), I have completed my master's degree (MSc in Sociology) and PhD in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford (2020). I have been an exchange student at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting scholar at Peking University and Paris 8 University. I have previously taught political sociology and qualitative methods in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Sciences Po Paris.

Academic interests

With a background in political sociology and area studies, I am interested in a broad range of research topics. My general research interests lie in how individuals negotiate with authoritarianism, how socialist regimes transform, and how gender matters in these political processes. My doctoral dissertation examined how ‘state-subjects’ are formed in China's local political institutions by looking at the experiences of three generations of women cadres.

I have previously conducted research on democratic conceptualisation and as well as the legal and citizenship awareness of migrant youth and LGBT groups in Beijing. I was a research associate in the European research group ‘New Political Representative Claims: A Global View’ in Paris. In this project, I explored how the idea of "representing" in classic political theory needs to be reconsidered in different linguistic and cultural contexts .

I am currently writing a monograph based on my dissertation and working on two other projects, one on the mechanisms of gender lobbying and legislative strategies, and the other  on political socialisation among youth in contemporary China.  


EXFAC03-EAST – Exfac for East Asian Studies

KIN4510 – How to study Chinese Culture and Society at an Advanced Level

KIN4520 – Recent Developments in Chinese Society

KIN4650 – Research Topics in Chinese Culture and Society II


2019   “Being a Good Daughter of the Party’? A Neo-Institutional Analysis of the All-China Women’s Federation Organisational Reforms in China’s Xi Era”. China Perspectives. 2019 (2):17–28.

2019   « La petite fille modèle du Parti »? Analyse néo-institutionnelle des réformes organisationnelles de la Fédération des femmes à l’ère de Xi Jinping. Perspectives Chinoises. 2019 (2):19-32.

Published in the special issue: Mediating the Party-state, Serving the People: Mass and Grassroots Organisations in XXIst Century China.

2019   “From Representation to Dàibiao: A Comparative Study of the Notions of Political Representation in France and China”. Journal of Chinese Governance. 2019(4):4: 295-316. Co-authored with Yves Sintomer.

Published in the special issue: Reappraisal of Political Representation across Political Orders: New Conceptual and Analytical Tools.

2017   “Writing Prostitution into Modern’s China’s State-building”. Book review in Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review. 2017 (Nov). republished in Book & Ideas in 2019.


2020   Interviewed by Shen Lu, in "Pretty Lady Cadres: New Data Shows the Limits of Women’s Advancement in China’s Leadership". ChinaFile. December 21, 2020.

2020   Coauthored with Emilie Frenkiel and Yves Sintomer. « La gestion chinoise de la pandémie est ambivalente ». Le Monde. June 2, 2020.


Tags: Chinese politics, Authoritarianism, Feminism, Political representation, Political ethnography.
Published Aug. 5, 2020 9:32 AM - Last modified Feb. 20, 2021 10:02 PM