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Dr Brian Fong Chi-hang

Dr Brian C.H. Fong

Currently on secondment to the Academy of Hong Kong Studies

OFFICE      B2-2/F-38
PHONE      2948 7119

Dr Fong is a comparative political scientist based in Hong Kong. He is currently Associate Professor and Associate Director of The Academy of Hong Kong Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong. Previously, he was a Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences of the City University of Hong Kong (2007 to 2013) and Executive Officer of the HKSAR Government (2001 to 2007).

Dr Fong’s research agenda includes great power politics, democratization, identity politics, political economy, and public governance. Dr Fong has produced more than 70 publications including a dozen of articles in top SSCI journals such as democratization, Nations and Nationalism, Communist and Post-Communist StudiesInternational Public Management Journal, International Review of Administrative SciencesComparative Education ReviewAsian SurveyChina Quarterly, and Modern China. He has passionately promoted Hong Kong Studies, China Studies and Comparative Political Studies, serving as the founding editor of Hong Kong Studies Reader Series, associate editor of Social Transformation in Chinese Societies, and first-editor of several comparative politics books (including the forthcoming China’s Influence and the Centre-periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific and Routledge Handbook of Comparative Territorial Autonomies). Over the years, Dr Fong successfully got numerous competitive project grants totalling USD 750,000, including the award of 2019 “Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship” by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong for his project titled “Comparative Territorial Autonomies: Exploring A New Comparative Politics Dataset”.

Dr Fong is a public intellectual. He is an active commentator for various international media and a regular columnist in The Diplomat. He is also active in community services, founding and leading several civil society organizations.

  • PhD (City University of Hong Kong)
  • MA (City University of Hong Kong)
  • BSocSc (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Great Power Politics
  • Democratization
  • Identity Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Governance
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Global Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • China Studies

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Book chapters in refereed edited books