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Ho-Fung Hung

Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy

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  • Campus Location: Washington DC
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Ho-Fung Hung is the Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Hung’s scholarly interests include global political economy, protest, and nation-state formation, with a focus on China and East Asia. He is the author of the award-winning Protest with Chinese Characteristics (2011) and The China Boom: Why China Will not Rule the World(2016), both published by Columbia University Press. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological ReviewDevelopment and ChangeReview of International Political EconomyAsian Survey, and elsewhere, and have been translated into seven different languages.

His analyses of the Chinese political economy and Hong Kong politics have been featured or cited in The New York TimesThe Financial TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, BBC News, The GuardianDie Presse (Austria), Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), The Straits Times (Singapore), The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Xinhua Monthly (China), and People’s Daily (China), among other publications.

He received his PhD in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University, and taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Indiana University-Bloomington before teaching at Johns Hopkins.



  • Chinese Development
  • Global Political Economy
  • Nationalism and Contentious Politics in the Greater China Region
  • US-China Policy

In the News

China backs 'comprehensive review' of pandemic.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Guardian, 5/18

One pandemic, a world of responses

Anne Applebaum and Ho-Fung Hung interviewed on Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Public Health on Call podcast, 4/17

Questions raised over China's coronavirus transparency

Ho-Fung Hung interviewed on CNN, 4/3

Life after lockdown: Has China really beaten coronavirus.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Guardian, 3/23

Holding Beijing accountable for the coronavirus is not racist.

Ho-Fung Hung wrote in The Journal of Political Risk, 3/17

Hong Kong’s perfect crisis.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Atlantic, 1/29

The NBA responded. U.S.politicians roared. Now it’s China’s move.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 10/7

Hong Kong emergency law 'marks start of authoritarian rule'

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Guardian, 10/5

How far will China go to stamp out Hong Kong protests?

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Guardian, 9/1

How the Hong Kong movement is now a major revolution.

Ho-Fung Hung cited in The National Interest, 8/26

A generation with no future erupts in Hong Kong protests.

Ho Fung-Hung quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek, 8/20

Hong Kong airport cancels flights as protesters flood in.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 8/12

Hong Kong police shut down seventh weekend of protests with tear gas.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 7/21