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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Political Science

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Jing Sun

  • Jing Sun

    Jing Sun

Associate Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 472
Phone: 303-871-3818
Email: [email protected]

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • Japanese politics
  • Chinese politics
  • East Asian international relations

Professional biography

Jing Sun worked as a journalist and editor for Beijing Youth Daily from 1995-1996, as a foreign affairs correspondent for China Central Television in 1996, and as a journalist for the Xinhua News Agency from 1997-1999.

Sun also served as a consultant to the Denver Consul General of Japan from 2008-2011.

He has been with the University of Denver since 2006.


PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2005
MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2000
BA, Journalism, Fudan University, 1997


"Why Japan Cannot Break the Stalemate in Its Relations with Russia: Tokyo's Frozen Dilemma", Asian Survey, Vol. 58 No. 5, September/October 2018; (pp.771-796) DOI: 10.1525/as.2018.58.5.771

"China's Booming Anti-Foreigner Business", Asian Dialogue, August, 2018,

"Growing Diplomacy, Retreating Diplomats – How Chinese Foreign Ministry Has Been Marginalized in Foreign Policymaking," Journal of Contemporary China, November 2016,

"Are Japan-China Relations Doomed in Mistrust and Confrontation?""("走出不信任和对抗情绪的诡局"), Academic Front (学术前沿 ), vol.5, March 2016: 80-93.

"Chinese Model of Elite Recruitment in Comparative Perspective" ("国家化下的中国精英治理之路"), Journal of Cultural and Historical Review (文化纵横 ),vol.5, October 2015: 40-47.

China and Japan as Charm Rivals: Soft Power in Regional Diplomacy , University of Michigan Press, 2012

"The German Puzzle – a Political Analysis of Chinese Popular Affection for Germany," Fudan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, December 2013, Vol. 6, No.4: 1-26.

"Charmless Offensive: the Fate of Soft Power in East Asia," Current History: a Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, September 2013, vol. 112, no. 755, pp. 217-223.

"The Journey Home – How to House Soft Power in Mainstream IR Scholarship" in Asia Policy, January 2013, vol. 15, no. 1: 148-154.

"Japan's Shrinking ASEAN 'Soft Power'" in The Diplomat August 8, 2012

"China as Funhouse Mirror: Yomiuri Shimbun's China Coverage during the Cultural Revolution" in Japanese Studies, Volume 28 Issue 2 2008, pp. 179-196.

"Covering a Non-Democracy: Analysis of Japanese Newspapers' Portrayals of China and Implications for Media Balancing," International Journal of Communication, 1 (2007), 717-737.

"Japan-Taiwan Relations: Unofficial in Name Only" Asian Survey, 2007, Vol. 47, No. 5: 790-810.