Professor Kerry Brown
Professor of Chinese Politics
Director, Lau China Institute
Telephone: 0207 848 8497
Office: Bush House, North East Wing, Strand Campus
Office hours: By appointment
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 Ph D in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University.
Professor Brown 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 complete list of publications, please see the full profile on the Research Portal.
7YYC0009 China's International Relations
Professor Brown is willing to supervise students specializing in Chinese politics, contemporary Chinese history, and Chinese or Taiwanese international relations.