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Frank N. Pieke

Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of Modern China Studies, Leiden University

Frank N. Pieke (1957) studied Cultural Anthropology and Chinese Studies at the University of
Amsterdam and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992.
After lectureships in Leiden and Oxford, he took up the Chair in Modern China Studies at Leiden
University in 2010.

Pieke’s current research revolves around governance in China and the evolution of the Chinese
Communist Party, Chinese globalisation, the impact of China on the Netherlands and the EU, and
foreign immigrant groups in China. His current project, on which he will work while at SCAS, is
entitled ‘The rise of China and the consequences of superpower’, and asks how China’s emerging
superpower status will change the country.

Pieke’s most recent books are The Good Communist (2009) and Knowing China (2016), both
published by Cambridge University Press. He just finished a new edited volume entitled Global East
that will be published by the University of California Press in September 2021. In Oxford,
Pieke has set up and directed the University of Oxford’s China Centre. In Leiden, he was co-founder
and first executive director of the Leiden Asia Centre. In 2018 and 2019, he was the Director and
CEO of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2021-22.