Dr. Enze HAN 韓恩澤

Dr. Enze HAN is Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration.  His research interests include ethnic politics in China, China's relations with Southeast Asia, especially with Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, and the politics of state formation in the borderland area between China, Myanmar and Thailand. Dr. Han received a Ph.D in Political Science from the George Washington University in the United States in 2010. Afterwards he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the China and the World Program at Princeton University. During 2015-2016, he was a Friends Founders' Circle Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA. In 2017, he was a fellow at the East Asia Institute in Seoul, South Korea. His research has been supported by the Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and British Council/Newton Fund. Prior to Hong Kong, Dr. HAN was Senior Lecturer in the International Security of East Asia at SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom.


  • Asymmetrical Neighbors: Borderland State-building between China and Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • British Colonialism and the Criminalization of Homosexuality: Queens, Crime and Empire (London & New York: Routledge, 2018) (with Joseph O’Mahoney).
  • Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China (New York & London: Oxford University Press, hardcover 2013 & paperback 2016).


  • ‘External Threat, Internal Challenges, and State Building in East Asia’ (with Cameron Thies), forthcoming at Journal of East Asian Studies.
  • ‘State Building as Neighborhood Effects: Borderland Politics in Upland Southeast Asia,’ forthcoming at The Pacific Review.
  • ‘Chinese Civil War and Implications for Borderland State Building in Upland Southeast Asia,’ forthcoming at The China Quarterly.
  • ‘Bifurcated Homeland and Diaspora Politics in China and Taiwan towards the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia,’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 45, no. 4 (2019): 577-94.
  • ‘Under the Shadow of Sino-US Great Power Competition: Myanmar and Thailand’s Alignment Choices,’ Chinese Journal of International Politics 11, no. 1 (2018): 81-104.
  • ‘Ethnic Integration and Development in China,’ World Development 93 (2017): 31-42 (with Christopher Paik).
  • ‘Geopolitics, Ethnic Conflicts along the Border, and Chinese Foreign Policy Changes toward Myanmar,’ Asian Security 13, no. 1 (2017): 59-73.
  • ‘Building the New Socialist Countryside: Tracking Public Policy and Public Opinion Changes in China,’ The China Quarterly, no. 226 (2016): 456-476 (with Mattias Stepan & Tim Reeskens).
  • ‘Interstate Relations, Perceptions, and Power Balance: Explaining China’s Policies toward Ethnic Groups, 1949-1965,’ Security Studies 23, no. 1 (2014): 148-81 (with Harris Mylonas).
  • ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses: The Role of Constructed Economic Interests in Ethnic Group Mobilization,’ Conflict Management & Peace Science 31, no. 1 (2014): 49-69 (with Joseph O’Mahoney & Christopher Paik).
  • ‘Dynamics of Political Resistance in Tibet: Religious Repression and Controversies of Demographic Change,’ The China Quarterly, vol. 217 (2014): 69-98 (with Christopher Paik).
  • ‘British Colonialism and the Criminalization of Homosexuality,’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27, no. 2 (2014): 268-88 (with Joseph O’Mahoney).
  • ‘Transnational Ties, HIV/AIDS Prevention and State-Minority Relations in Sipsongpanna, Southwest China,’ Journal of Contemporary China 22, no. 82 (2013): 594-611.
  • ‘External Cultural Ties and the Politics of Language in China,’ Ethnopolitics 12, no. 1 (2013): 30-49.
  • ‘From Domestic to International: The Politics of Ethnic Identity in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia,’ Nationalities Papers 39, no. 6 (2011): 941-962.
  • ‘The Dog That Hasn’t Barked: Assimilation and Resistance in Inner Mongolia, China,’ Asian Ethnicity 12, no. 1 (2011): 55-75.
  • ‘Boundaries, Discrimination, and Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Xinjiang, China,’ International Journal of Conflict and Violence 4, no. 2 (2010): 172-184.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Ethnic Identity and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Contemporary China,’ in Kevin Latham ed., Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society. Routledge, 2018
  • ‘Borderland Ethnic Politics and Changing Sino-Myanmar Relations,’ in Mandy Sadan ed., War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar: The Kachin Ceasefire, 1994-2011. NIAS Press, 2016.
  • ‘China as “Offshore Balancer” and South Asia’s Regional Security Complex,’ in Lowell Dittmer and Maochun Yu eds., Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security. London and New York: Routledge, 2015 (with Lawrence Saez).
  • ‘Modernization, Economic Development and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Contemporary China,’ in Suijian Guo and Baogang Guo eds., Challenges Facing Chinese Political Development. Lexington Books, 2007.