Dr. Courtney FUNG 馮康雲​

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Dr. Courtney J. Fung is an assistant professor of International Relations.  Her research focuses on how rising powers, like China and India, address the norms and provisions for a global security order.  She is particularly interested in how status affects these states as they address United Nations peacekeeping, intervention, and emerging norms, like the responsibility to protect.  Her forthcoming Oxford University Press book explains China's varied response to intervention at the United Nations Security Council.  Her research was most recently supported by a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Government Research Fund grant (GRF) and a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme (ECS) award.  Prior research funding included grants from the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation and the Scaife Foundation. 

Dr. Fung was most recently a 2016 – 2017 research fellow with the East Asia Institute in their Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, and an honorary research fellow at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney during a semester-long research sabbatical. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow with the now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, based at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. She held pre-doctoral fellowships with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and with the Global Peace Operations Program at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. 

Dr. Fung has a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she was awarded the Peter Ackerman Dissertation Prize for her doctoral thesis. She also holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Fung is also a graduate of the Middlebury College Chinese Summer Language School, where she was a Kathryn Davis fellow. Additional training includes the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research, Syracuse University and the Graduate Institute for Teaching, Tufts University.  Dr. Fung is a 2016 recipient of the HKU Early Career Teaching Award.​ She serves as a member of the Fletcher School Board of Advisors.


  • Courtney J. Fung, China and Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • 2018 Courtney J. Fung, “Negotiating the Nuclear and Humanitarian Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: A Simulation and Teaching Guide.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 1 – 4: doi:10.1017/S1049096518001026
  • 2018 Courtney J. Fung, “Separating Intervention From Regime Change? China’s Diplomatic Innovations at the UN Security Council Regarding the Syria Crisis,” The China Quarterly 235: 693 – 712.
  • 2016 Courtney J. Fung, “Global South solidarity? China, regional organisations and intervention in the Libyan and Syrian civil wars,” Third World Quarterly 37, no. 1: 33 – 50.
  • 2016 Courtney J. Fung, “Explaining China’s Deployment to UN Peacekeeping Operations,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 16, no. 3: 409 – 441
  • 2011 Courtney J. Richardson, “A Responsible Power? China and the UN Peacekeeping Regime,” International Peacekeeping 18, no. 3: 288 – 299. ​

Journal Manuscripts Under Review

    • Courtney J. Fung, “Rhetorical Adaptation and International Order-Making: China’s Advancement of the Responsibility to Protect,” revise and resubmit, Cooperation and Conflict.
    • Courtney J. Fung, “Peacekeeping Contribution Redux: The Case of China’s ‘Combat Troops,” revise and resubmit, Global Governance.

    Journal Manuscripts in Preparation

          • Courtney J. Fung, “Just Not In Our Neighborhood: China’s Views on the Application of the Responsibility to Protect in the Case of the DPRK”
          • Courtney J. Fung, “Does the UN execute foreign imposed-regime change?”
          • Courtney J. Fung, “Rising Powers and Normative Resistance: Norm Begrudgers in International Politics”
          • Courtney J. Fung and Shing-Hon Lam, “Theorizing Global Security Providers”

      Book Chapters

                • 2019 Courtney J. Fung, “China, India and Intervention: Peacekeeping and the Responsibility to Protect,” in Kanti Bajpai, Manjari C. Miller and Selina Ho (editors), Routledge Handbook on China-India Relations, Routledge Asian Studies series.
                • 2012 Courtney J. Richardson, “A Responsible Power? China and the UN Peacekeeping Regime,” in Marc Lanteigne and Miwa Hirono (editors), China’s Evolving Approach to Peacekeeping (London: Routledge, 2012).
                • 2011 Courtney J. Richardson, “Contributors to UN Peacekeeping: The Comparative Case of China,” in Zhao Lei (editor), The Cutting-edge Issues of China's Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations (Beijing: Shishi Press, 2011), 467 - 487. [in Chinese and English]

        Book Reviews

                      • 2015 Courtney J. Fung, review of “China and the United Nations: Chinese UN Policy in the Areas of Peace and Development in the Era of Hu Jintao” The China Quarterly 223: 818 – 820.

        Policy Writing/Knowledge Exchange

                    • 2017 Courtney J. Fung, “Foreign-Imposed Regime Change and Intervention in Chinese Foreign Policy at the UN Security Council,” EAI Working Paper.
                    • 2016 Courtney J. Fung, “China’s Troop Contributions to UN Peacekeeping,” USIP PeaceBrief 212.
                    • 2016 Courtney J. Fung, “China and the Responsibility to Protect: From Opposition to Advocacy,” United States Institute of Peace PeaceBrief 205. ​