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Professor Kerry  Brown

Professor Kerry Brown

  • Academics

Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of Lau China Institute

Research subject areas

  • History
  • International relations
  • International affairs and development

Contact details


Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London. From 2012 to 2015 he was Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to this, he worked at Chatham House from 2006 to 2012, as Senior Fellow and then Head of the Asia Programme. From 1998 to 2005 he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing, and then as Head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor Section. He lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China from 1994 to 1996. He has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mandarin Chinese (Distinction) from Thames Valley University, London, and a PhD in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University. 

Kerry directed the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) giving policy advice to the European External Action Service between 2011 and 2014. He is the author of over ten books on modern Chinese politics, history and language, the most recent of which are The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (2014), What's Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China (2015) and the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (in Four Volumes- 2014-2015). His 'China's CEO: Xi Jinping' was published in 2016.  'China's World: What Does China Want' was published in August 2017. He is currently working on a study of the Communist Party of China as a cultural movement. 


  • Chinese history post 1949
  • Chinese political economy
  • Chinese elite politics, and in particular the function and development of the Communist part of China
  • Chinese international relations
  • UK China relations
  • EU China relations
  • Taiwanese history and politics
  • Hong Kong history and politics


For a full list of publications, please see Kerry's research profile.


PhD supervision

Kerry welcomes students specialising in Chinese politics, contemporary Chinese history, and Chinese or Taiwanese international relations. 

Further details

Please see Kerry's Research Staff Profile for further details.