Zhang Han received his PhD in sociology from The University of Hong Kong in December 2012. His main research areas are urban studies, with special interest in urban redevelopment, urban governance and urban ethnography in China, and political sociology, including state theories, developmental studies, state-society relations, and the Communist Party of China. His doctoral dissertation focused on the local state-led model of urban redevelopment and governance in China with a case study of downtown Ningbo from 2000-2011. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at Tsinghua University from February 2013 to March 2015, where he proceeded with his doctoral dissertation to investigate the strategies of organizational adaptation of the primary party organizations of the Communist Party of China in China's urban business districts with a comparative study of Chinese cities. He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science, School of International Relations, University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, where he teaches political science and continues his research in urban studies, political sociology and comparative politics.
Current Research Projects and Interests: The Chinese Communist Party's party-building efforts in grassroots urban Chinese society, particularly in the "two new" (两新) organizations (e.g., private firms and NGOs); the Chinese Communist Party's "united front" (统战) work in Chinese universities and the "new social strata" (新的社会阶层人士); the development of deliberative democracy in China's urban governance.
2018. Han Zhang, “Who Serves the Party on the Ground? Grassroots Party Workers for China’s Non-Public Sector of the Economy”, Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 27, No. 110, pp. 244-260.
2015. Zhang Han, “Party Building in Urban Business Districts: Organizational Adaptation of the Chinese Communist Party”, Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 24, No. 94, pp. 644-664.
2016. Zhang Han, China’s Local Entrepreneurial State and New Urban Spaces: Downtown Redevelopment in Ningbo, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.