Yunyun Zhou

Senior Lecturer - China Studies
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Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO
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After 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. 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 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 and groups encounter and negotiate with authoritarian states. My doctoral dissertation examined how ‘state-subjects’ are formed in China's local political institutions by looking at women cadres' experiences. I have previously conducted research on democratic conceptualisation and as well as the sexuality 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’, where I explored how the linguistically and culturally distinguished concept of ''political representation" has been falsely applied to the Chinese context. My current research focus on mechanisms of gender lobbying and legislation as well as political socialisation in contemporary China.  


KIN4650 – Research Topics in Chinese Culture and Society II

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


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 (2019–2): 17–28.

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.

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


Tags: Chinese society and politics, Authoritarian governance, Political representation, Feminism, Contentious politics
Published Aug. 5, 2020 9:32 AM - Last modified Sep. 29, 2020 4:33 PM