Professor Steve Tsang

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme


An associate fellow since 2015, Steve Tsang is professor of Chinese Studies and director of the SOAS China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He previously served as head of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies and director of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham. Before that he was a professorial fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he served as dean, and director of the Asian Studies Centre.

Professor Tsang is a leading scholar in the politics, international relations and history of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has published 18 books, of which 5 are single authored. He is known in particular for introducing ‘consultative Leninism’ as an analytical concept for understanding Chinese politics and for his books on Hong Kong’s history. He is currently working on an analytical framework for Chinese foreign policy and starting a project on Xi Jinping thought.

Past experience

2014-16Head, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham
2011-14Director, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham
2009-11Professorial Fellow, St Antony’s College, Oxford University


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