Zhou Kai is an Assistant Professor at the School of Marxism, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received his B.A. (History) from Hubei University, and obtained his M.A. (Political Science) from the University of Toronto. In 2014, he received his Ph.D. degree (Political Science) from the University of Hong Kong. His research interests are authoritarianism resilience, contentious politics, and political participation. He recently published “The quest for stability: policing popular protest in the People’s Republic of China” in Problems of Post-Communism (with Yan Xiaojun). His publications have also appeared in Chinese journals such as Contemporary World & Socialism, Strategy and Management, and Modern Communication. At HYI, he will work on two projects – the first is a project on overseas training for Chinese cadres and the second, a project focused on recent Party-building efforts in “two new” organizations (liangxin zuzhi 两新组织) in contemporary China.