People

Director
Dr. Xiaojun YAN 閻小駿

Dr. Xiaojun YAN is currently an associate professor in politics and public administration at the University of Hong Kong and Director of the Research Hub on Institutions of China, HKU. He obtained his Bachelor and Master of Law degrees from Peking University and an A.M. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is a comparative political scientist with special expertise in the politics of China. Dr. Yan is the author of three books and co-editor of one edited volume. His articles have appeared in Journal of Contemporary China, The China Quarterly, The China Journal, Third World Quarterly, Democratization, Policy & Politics, Problems of Post-Communism, China: An International Journal and The China Review. Dr. Yan is recipient of the 2012 Gordon White Prize by The China Quarterly for his research on new entrepreneurial Party secretaries in rural China. His first book on Hong Kong politics is selected as one of the “Ten Best Chinese Books (non-fiction) Published in 2015” by Asia Weekly. He is recipient of HKU’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2013).

Phone: (852) 3917-4880
Fax: (852) 2858-3550
Office: Rm9.38, 9/F, Jockey Club Tower

Assistant: Mr. Larry LI
Email: larry95@hku.hk
Phone: (852) 3917-1791
Fax: (852) 2858-3550
Office: Rm7.02A, 7/F, Jockey Club Tower

Deputy Director
Dr. Kwan Nok CHAN 陳君諾

Dr. Kwan Nok CHAN is Assistant Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration. He specializes in the theory of the policy process, with a substantive focus on the political institutions in Greater China. His earlier studies of Hong Kong and Mainland China show that authoritarian institutions are susceptible to more disruptive changes than democratic systems. His current research considers how political leaders organize institutions for bureaucratic oversight, a vital function that autocratic regimes are particularly challenged to perform effectively. His research has appeared in Governance, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Journal of Politics, and Policy Studies Journal. He has a PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Email: kwachan@hku.hk
Phone: (852) 3917-7862
Fax: (852) 2858-3550
Office: Rm 9.51, 9/F, Jockey Club Tower

ASSISTANT RESEARCH OFFICER
Mr. Yongning LI ( MSocSc, CUHK; BSocSc, CUHK)
Email: yningli@hku.hk
Phone: (852) 3917-7446
Fax: (852) 2858-3550
Office: Rm 7.02B, 7/F, Jockey Club Tower
Senior Research Assistant
Mr. La Larry LI (MPhil, HKU; BSocSc, HKU)
Email: ralarryli@hku.hk
Phone: (852) 3917-1791
Fax: (852) 2858-3550
Office: Rm 7.02A, 7/F, Jockey Club Tower
RESEARCH ASSISTANT II
Mr. Dongwei LIN (MA, CUHK; BA, XMU)
Email: dwlin@hku.hk
Phone: (852) 3910-2515
Office: Rm 7.02A, 7/F Jockey Club Tower
Mr. Liuyi YE (BA, Nanjing; MA, Kyoto)
Mr. Liuyi YE graduated from Kyoto University with a master’s degree in Economics. He obtained his bachelor degree in Management from Nanjing University in 2016. Currently, he is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Economics at Kyoto University. He values exposure to both the private sector and academia and has completed internships at universities and a consulting firm. Liuyi is passionate about Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics, and aspires to be among the catalysts that will being value in social disciplines. He also avidly exploring a wide range of academic fields and is an active user of MOOC platforms. As a music lover, he used to serve as a tenor in Nanjing University Choir.
Mr. Dongshu LIU (BBA, HK PolyU, MSc.,LSE)
Dongshu LIU is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science in Maxwell School, Syracuse University. His research focuses on Chinese politics, authoritarian rules, political economy and political behavior in authoritarian systems. His work has appeared, or will soon appear, in Governance, Journal of Contemporary China, and Political Studies. Dongshu received an M.Sc in Comparative Politics from London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 2013 and a B.B.A in Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2012.
Mr. Jie CHEN (BA, Hubei; MA, Remin)
Jie CHEN is an Assistant Research Fellow at Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Research Center, Renmin University of China. In June 2017, he graduated from the Department of History of the Chinese Communist Party at Renmin University of China and obtained a Master of Law degree. He began his Ph.D. in Law in September 2017 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate majoring in the Studies on Essential Issues of Chinese Modern and Contemporary History at Renmin University of China.
Ms. Qing GUAN (BSocSc, HKU; AM, Harvard)
Qing is the Founder and a conflict resolution facilitator of Strait Talk Hong Kong, and an incoming doctoral student in Political Science at Northwestern University. Her research interests are in political institutions, democratization and authoritarianism in the developing world with a focus on the communist and former communist regimes. She received her AM in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard University, an MA in Political Science from National Taiwan University (where she was the first full-degree mainland Chinese admitted by the Department), and a BSocSc from The University of Hong Kong. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Northwestern University. Outside of academia, she has been working in public relations and international conflict resolution through several projects on dialogue and peace-building regarding the cross-Taiwan Strait relations and with the religious/spiritual communities.
Mr. Zhenyu ZHANG (BSocSc, Macau; MPA, Cornell)
Zhenyu Zhang is a PhD student in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong.  He received his master's degree from Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA) in Economic and Financial Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Macau. He was a graduate assistant at the Johnson School of Management and the Cornell Institute for China Economic Research. Beyond the area of Chinese politics and public policy, he is also interested in the venture capital industry. He also interned at the Shenzhen Capital Group in 2021.