Dr. Enze HAN 韓恩澤

Dr. 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. 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. 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, Dr. Han was Senior Lecturer in the International Security of East Asia at SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom.

Dr. 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


  • 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).
  • Asymmetrical Neighbors: Borderland State-building between China and Southeast Asia (New York & London: Oxford University Press, hardcover & paperback 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).


  • “Descriptive Legitimacy and International Organizations: Evidence from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees” (with Wilfred Chow), forthcoming, The Journal of Politics.
  • “Racialized Threat Perception within the International Society: From Japan to China,” forthcoming, Chinese Journal of International Politics.
  • “Entrenching Authoritarian Rule and Thailand’s Foreign Policy Dilemma as a Middle Power,” forthcoming, Asia Policy.
  • “Prism of Migration: Understanding Contemporary Thailand – China Relations” (with Sirada Khemanitthathai), forthcoming, Journal of Contemporary China.
  • “Global Commodity Markets, Chinese Demand for Maize, and Deforestation in Northern Myanmar” (with Qiongyu Huang), forthcoming, Land.
  • “Re-encountering the Familiar Other: Contesting ‘Re-Sinicization’ in Thailand,” forthcoming, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.
  • “Conditioning China’s Influence: Intentionality, Intermediaries, and Institutions” (with Courtney Fung, Kai Quek, and Austin Strange), forthcoming, Journal of Contemporary China.
  • “Overconfidence, Missteps, and Tragedy: Dynamics of Myanmar’s International Relations and the Genocide of the Rohingya,” forthcoming, The Pacific Review.
  • “Forgotten Conflicts: Producing Knowledge and Ignorance in Security Studies” (with David Brenner), The Journal of Global Security Studies 7, no.1 (2022):1-17.
  • “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.
  • “Racialized International Order? Traces of ‘Yellow Peril’ Trope in Germany’s Public Discourse toward China” (with Daniel Marwecki), forthcoming, Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
  • “Mainland Southeast Asia’s Environmental Challenges from China,” ISEAS Perspective, no. 82 (2020): 1-6.
  • “Chinese Civil War and Implications for Borderland State Building in Upland Southeast Asia,” The China Quarterly 241 (2020): 214-235.
  • “Myanmar’s Internal Ethnic Conflicts and Their Implications for China’s Regional Grand Strategy,” Asian Survey 60, no. 3 (2020): 466-489.
  • “State Building as Neighborhood Effects: Borderland Politics in Upland Southeast Asia,” The Pacific Review 33, no. 2 (2020): 305-330.
  • “External Threat, Internal Challenges, and State Building in East Asia” (with Cameron Thies), Journal of East Asian Studies 19, no. 3 (2019): 339-360.
  • “Brexit Identities and British Public Opinion on China” (with Wilfred Chow and Xiaojun Li), International Affairs 95, no. 6 (2019): 1369-87.
  • ‘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

  • “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, forthcoming).
  • ‘Ethnic Identity and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Contemporary China,’ in Kevin Latham ed., Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society. Routledge, 2019
  • ‘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.

Book Reviews

  • Review of “Nianshen Song, Making borders in modern East Asia: Tumen River demarcation, 1881-1919,” H-Diplo, (January 2019).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Review of “Emily Yeh, Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (2014).
  • 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.