Zhang Ruizhuang Biography

A Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley, Professor Zhang Ruizhuang is now the Dean of the Academy of International Studies and the Director of the Center of American Studies at Nankai University, Tianjin, China. For the 2007-8 academic year he is a visiting professor at the Political Science Department and Institute of Global Studies, University of Minnesota. He has also taught as visiting professor at Peking University and the Catholic University in Seoul, South Korea. He serves on the Executive Board of numerous national academic associations, such as Political Science, International Relations and American Studies. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Academic Accreditation, Tianjin Municipality, a member of the Editorial Board of the Chinese Journal of International Politics (Oxford University Press), and a member of the Advisory Committee to the “China Studies Community” Program, Institute of Political Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan.

Professor Zhang Ruizhuang’s teaching and research interests are in the following fields: International Relations: theories and current situation; Foreign Policies of China and the United States; Sino-U.S. Relations; Political Methodology. He has published extensively mainly with Chinese academic journals. His reputation in Chinese IR/FP circle, however, is not gained for the quantity but the novelty and provocativity of his writings. As early as April 1999, he was among the first batch of commentators to question the legitimacy of NATO campaign against Yugoslavia over Kosovo (“The Kosovo Farce and the New World Order,” Op-ed in Foreign Policy in Focus[U.S.], 4/23/1999). Since he went back to China, he has published two major articles criticizing the official guidelines of China’s foreign policy (“Peace and Development Are NOT the Theme of Our Era,” Strategy and Management, No. 1, 2001; “The Idealistic Predisposition of China’s Foreign Policy Philosophy,” Twenty-First Century [Hong Kong], The Chinese University Press, February 2007). Moreover, he is well-known for his relentless critique of what he sees as faulty scholarship in a number of debates he started in both foreign policy studies and in IR theories (“‘Imperturbable Response’ and ‘Self-Nullification’: On China’s Response to NMD,” World Economy and Politics, No. 1, 2002; “On the ‘New Thinking of Sino-Japanese Relations’: A Critique of Chinese Nationality and Foreign Policy Philosophy,” World Economy and Politics, No. 12, 2003; “Some Problems with the Discipline of International Relations in China”, World Economy and Politics, No. 5, 2003). Independent and critical thinking is his trademark.