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Suisheng (Sam) Zhao, Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Professor Suisheng (Sam) Zhao Director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 303-871-2401

Office: 4032 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

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  • PhD, University of California, San Diego
  • MA, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • MA, Peking University
  • BA, Peking University

Research and Expertise

Chinese politics, Chinese nationalism, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian international relations and Asian regionalism

Professional Profile

  • Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2005-present); Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation (2001-present); Recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award (201)
  • A founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the US Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific
  • Member of the National Committee on US-China Relations
  • Research Associate at the Fairbanks Center for East Asian Research in Harvard University (1997-present)
  • Honorary jianzhi professor at Beijing University, Renmin University, China University of International Relations, Fudan University and Shanghai foreign Studies University
  • A Campbell National Fellow at Hoover Institution of Stanford University (1999-2000)
  • Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College in Maryland (2000-2001)
  • Associate Professor of Government and East Asian Politics at Colby College in Maine (1993-1998)
  • Visiting assistant professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at University of California-San Diego (1992-1993)

Recent Publications

Suisheng Zhao, (ed.), The Making of China's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century, Historical Sources, Institutions/Players, and Perceptions of Power Relations, 2016,

Suisheng Zhao, (ed), China in Africa: Strategic Motives and Economic Interests, 2015

Suisheng Zhao, (ed.), Construction of Chinese Nationalism in the Early 21st Century: Domestic Sources and International Implications, 2014,

Suisheng Zhao, "China and the Evolving World Order: A Stakeholder or a Revolutionary Power?" The Asan Forum, June 2016

Suisheng Zhao, "Rethinking the Chinese World Order: the Imperial Cycle and the Rise of China," Journal of Contemporary China, November 2015

Suisheng Zhao, "A New Model of Big Power Relations? China-US Strategic Rivalry and Balance of Power in the Asia-Pacific," Journal of Contemporary China, May 2015


  • INTS 4460: Chinese Politics and Political Development
  • INTS 4447: Chinese Foreign Policy
  • INTS 4440: East Asian Security
  • INTS 3340: China: The Rise And Reform Of Communism