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University of Denver Josef Korbel School China Scholar Ranked on Most Influential List

Suisheng Zhao Named to World's Most Influential Scholar List
for China's International Affairs

DENVER—Sept. 22, 2015—A University of Denver professor has been named one of the world’s most influential scholars on China’s international affairs, according to research by Shanghai International Studies University.

Professor Suisheng Zhao, Director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, tied for sixth place based on number of citations in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) database for the five-year period ending in 2013. The SSCI, produced by Thomson Reuters, tracks citations from nearly 2,500 journals of social sciences across more than 50 disciplines.

“We are very proud that Professor Zhao’s scholarship is recognized on this prestigious list, which includes scholars from Georgetown University, Harvard, Princeton and Tsinghua University in Beijing,” said Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School.

“I am extremely humbled to see my name listed alongside the most distinguished colleagues of Chinese foreign policy studies,” said Professor Zhao. “The Josef Korbel School at DU is such a wonderful place to conduct scholarly and policy-relevant research on international affairs. I am immensely grateful to the support from the school and the university.”

Zhao will attend the September 22 dinner honoring Chinese president Xi Jinping in Seattle. “I am honored to be invited to attend this event,” said Zhao. “President Xi’s first state visit to the U.S. comes at an extremely important juncture of the relationship between the U.S. and China, the largest and second largest economies of the world. President Xi will deliver an important policy speech at the dinner, the only one during his visit. I am excited to witness history.”

Zhao is also editor of the center’s Journal of Contemporary China, which is the world’s top-ranked China study journal according to Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Report.


Founded in 1964, the Josef Korbel School for International Studies is one of the world’s leading schools for the study of international relations. The School’s Center for China-U.S. Cooperation (CCUSC) promotes mutual understanding between the people of China and the United States through forums, conferences, research, public education and student exchange programs. The University of Denver ranks among the country's top 100 national universities, and the Institute of International Education ranks it No. 1 among national doctoral and research institutions in the percentage of undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs. For additional information, visit the University’s Media Relations website, or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.