Professor Enze HAN 韓恩澤

Professor Enze Han is Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration. His research interests include international relations of East Asia, China's relations with Southeast Asia, Southeast Asian politics, and ethnic politics in China. Professor 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. During 2021-2022, he was Lee Kong Chian Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University. His research has been supported by the Leverhulme Research Fellowship and British Council/Newton Fund. Prior to HKU, Professor Han was Senior Lecturer in the International Security of East Asia at SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom.

Professor HAN welcomes students with research interests in Southeast Asian politics - particularly Thai and Myanmar politics - as well as on China's foreign relations with Southeast Asia, especially people with good quantitative training background, to apply for doctoral supervision at HKU.

Honors and Awards

  • Social Sciences Outstanding Research Output Award for Basic Research 2019-20
  • Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Initiative on Southeast Asia
    Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2021
  • International Studies Association
    Member of the Long Range Planning Committee, 2018-2020
  • KCL/HKU Fellowship
    Visiting fellow at the Lau China Institute at King’s College London, U.K., September 2019
  • British Council / Newton Fund, U.K.
    Institutional Links Grant with Chiang Mai University of Thailand, 2017-2018
  • East Asia Institute, South Korea
    EAI Fellowship, summer 2017
  • The Leverhulme Trust, U.K.
    Research Fellowship, May 2016 – 2017
  • The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, U.S.A.
    Member at School of Social Science, 2015-2016


  • Enze Han, The Ripple Effect: China’s Complex Presence in Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, hardcover & paperback 2024).
  • 韓恩澤,強鄰在側:中泰邊區博弈下緬甸的國家命運 (香港: 香港中文大學出版社, 2022).
  • Enze Han, Asymmetrical Neighbors: Borderland State Building between China and Southeast Asia (New York & London: Oxford University Press, hardcover & paperback 2019).
  • Enze Han & Joseph O’Mahoney, British Colonialism and the Criminalization of Homosexuality: Queens, Crime and Empire (London & New York: Routledge, 2018).
  • Enze Han, Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China (New York & London: Oxford University Press, hardcover 2013 & paperback 2016).


  • Enze Han, “Modes of Securitization and De-securitization of Transnational Kinship Ties: Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia amidst Rising Chinese Power,” forthcoming, Journal of Global Security Studies.
  • Enze Han & Xiaojun Li, “Erosion of International Organization’s Legitimacy during the U.S.-China Conflict: Evidence from the International Court of Justice,” forthcoming, Canadian Journal of Political Science.
  • Wilfred Chow & Enze Han, “Rugged Terrain, Forest Coverage, and Insurgency in Myanmar,” forthcoming, Conflict Management and Peace Science.
  • Enze Han & Lingbo Zhao, “Naturalized Athletes and Racialized National Identity in China,” Journal of Contemporary China, 33, no. 145 (2024): 52-64.
  • Haohan Chen, Zifeng Wang, and Enze Han, “Infectious Disease and Political Violence: Evidence from Malaria and Civil Conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Research and Politics, 10, no. 2 (2023): 1-7.
  • Enze Han & Sirada Khemanitthathai, “Prism of Migration: Understanding Contemporary Thailand – China Relations,” Journal of Contemporary China, 32, no. 142 (2023): 620-634.
  • Enze Han & Daniel Marwecki, “Racialized International Order? Traces of ‘Yellow Peril’ Trope in Germany’s Public Discourse toward China,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 36, no. 3 (2023): 391-409.
  • Wilfred Chow & Enze Han, “Descriptive Legitimacy and International Organizations: Evidence from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,” The Journal of Politics, 85, no. 2 (2023): 257-371.
  • Enze Han, “Overconfidence, Missteps, and Tragedy: Dynamics of Myanmar’s International Relations and the Genocide of the Rohingya,” The Pacific Review, 36, no. 3 (2023): 581-602.
  • Courtney Fung, Enze Han, Kai Quek, and Austin Strange, “Conditioning China’s Influence: Intentionality, Intermediaries, and Institutions,” Journal of Contemporary China, 32, no. 139 (2023): 1-16.
  • Truston Jianheng Yu & Enze Han, “Indonesia’s Relations with China in the Age of COVID-19,” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 42, no. 1 (2023): 45-62.
  • Enze Han, “Racialized Threat Perception within the International Society: From Japan to China,” Chinese Journal of International Politics, 15, no. 3 (2022): 272-288.
  • Enze Han, “Entrenching Authoritarian Rule and Thailand’s Foreign Policy Dilemma as a Middle Power,” Asia Policy, 17, no. 4 (2022): 181-198.
  • Enze Han, “Re-encountering the Familiar Other: Contesting ‘Re-Sinicization’ in Thailand,” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, no. 43 (2022): 270-286.
  • David Brenner & Enze Han, “Forgotten Conflicts: Producing Knowledge and Ignorance in Security Studies,” The Journal of Global Security Studies 7, no. 1 (2022): 1-17.
  • Enze Han & Qiongyu Huang, “Global Commodity Markets, Chinese Demand for Maize, and Deforestation in Northern Myanmar,” Land, 10, no. 1232 (2021): 1-18.
  • Enze Han, “Non-State Chinese Actors and Their Impact on Relations between China and Mainland Southeast Asia,” ISEAS Trends in Southeast Asia, no. 1 (2021): 1-19.
  • Enze Han, “Mainland Southeast Asia’s Environmental Challenges from China,” ISEAS Perspective, no. 82 (2020): 1-6.
  • Enze Han, “Chinese Civil War and Implications for Borderland State Building in Upland Southeast Asia,” The China Quarterly 241 (2020): 214-235.
  • Enze Han, “Myanmar’s Internal Ethnic Conflicts and Their Implications for China’s Regional Grand Strategy,” Asian Survey 60, no. 3 (2020): 466-489.
  • Enze Han, “State Building as Neighborhood Effects: Borderland Politics in Upland Southeast Asia,” The Pacific Review 33, no. 2 (2020): 305-330.
  • Enze Han & Cameron Thies, “External Threat, Internal Challenges, and State Building in East Asia,” Journal of East Asian Studies 19, no. 3 (2019): 339-360.
  • Wilfred Chow, Enze Han, and Xiaojun Li, “Brexit Identities and British Public Opinion on China,” International Affairs 95, no. 6 (2019): 1369-87.
  • Enze Han, “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.
  • Enze Han, “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.
  • Enze Han & Christiopher Paik, “Ethnic Integration and Development in China,” World Development 93 (2017): 31-42.
  • Enze Han, “Geopolitics, Ethnic Conflicts along the Border, and Chinese Foreign Policy Changes toward Myanmar,” Asian Security 13, no. 1 (2017): 59-73.
  • Mattias Stepan, Enze Han, and Tim Reeskens, “Building the New Socialist Countryside: Tracking Public Policy and Public Opinion Changes in China,” The China Quarterly, no. 226 (2016): 456-476.
  • Enze Han & Harris Mylonas, “Interstate Relations, Perceptions, and Power Balance: Explaining China’s Policies toward Ethnic Groups, 1949-1965,” Security Studies 23, no. 1 (2014): 148-81.
  • Enze Han, Joseph O’Mahoney, and Christopher Paik, “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.
  • Enze Han & Christopher Paik, “Dynamics of Political Resistance in Tibet: Religious Repression and Controversies of Demographic Change,” The China Quarterly, vol. 217 (2014): 69-98.
  • Enze Han & Joseph O’Mahoney, “British Colonialism and the Criminalization of Homosexuality,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27, no. 2 (2014): 268-88.
  • Enze Han, “Transnational Ties, HIV/AIDS Prevention and State-Minority Relations in Sipsongpanna, Southwest China,” Journal of Contemporary China 22, no. 82 (2013): 594-611.
  • Enze Han, “External Cultural Ties and the Politics of Language in China,” Ethnopolitics 12, no. 1 (2013): 30-49.
  • Enze Han, “From Domestic to International: The Politics of Ethnic Identity in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia,” Nationalities Papers 39, no. 6 (2011): 941-962.
  • Enze Han, “The Dog That Hasn’t Barked: Assimilation and Resistance in Inner Mongolia, China,” Asian Ethnicity 12, no. 1 (2011): 55-75.
  • Enze Han, “Boundaries, Discrimination, and Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Xinjiang, China,” International Journal of Conflict and Violence 4, no. 2 (2010): 172-184.

Book Chapters

  • Enze Han, “Five-Point Consensus and China’s Role in Myanmar,” in Seeking Strategic Options for Myanmar: Reviewing Five-Point Consensus and Anticipating the Future of Democracy in Myanmar (Jakarta: Center for Strategic and International Studies Pakarti Centre, 2022).
  • Enze Han, “Positionality and Subjectivity in Field Research on China and Southeast Asia,” in Peter Krause and Ora Szekely eds., Cautionary Tales: An Unorthodox Guide to Fieldwork (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020).
  • Enze Han, “Ethnic Identity and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Contemporary China,” in Kevin Latham ed., Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society (London & New York: Routledge, 2020).
  • Enze Han, “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 (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2016).
  • Enze Han, “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).
  • Enze Han, “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).

Book Reviews

  • Enze Han, Review of “Donald K. Emerson ed., The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century,” South East Asia Research, 2022.
  • Enze Han, Review of “Wasana Wongsurawat, The Crown and the Capitalists: The Ethnic Chinese and the Founding of the Thai Nation,” Asian Ethnology 80, no. 1 (2021): 285-296.
  • Enze Han, Review of “Nianshen Song, Making borders in modern East Asia: Tumen River demarcation, 1881-1919,” H-Diplo, (January 2019).
  • Enze Han, Review of “Herrick et al, China’s Peaceful Rise: Perceptions, Policy and Misperceptions,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs 30, no. 5-6 (2017): 583-585.
  • Enze Han, Review of “Andrew Martin Fischer, The Disempowered Development of Tibet in China: A Study in the Economics of Marginalization,” The China Quarterly, no. 222 (2015): 569-570.
  • Enze Han, Review of “Tenzin Jinba, In the Land of Eastern Queendom: The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border,” The China Quarterly, no. 218 (2014): 570-572.
  • Enze Han, Review of “Emily Yeh, Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (2014).
  • Enze Han, Review of “Steve Chan, Looking for Balance: China, the United States, and Power Balancing in East Asia,” The China Quarterly, no. 215 (2013): 780-81.