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Ho-Fung Hung

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


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 ten different languages.

His analyses of the Chinese political economy, Hong Kong politics, and US-China relation 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), DW News (Germany), 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.



  • Asian Studies
  • China Studies
  • Chinese Development
  • Global Political Economy
  • Global Theory and History
  • International Development
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations
  • Nationalism and Contentious Politics in the Greater China Region
  • US-China Policy

In the News

How China uses economic coercion to silence critics and achieve its political aims globally.

Ho-Fung Hung testified before Congressional-Executive Commission on China, 12/07

Hong Kong police arrest activist as city bans Tiananmen Square vigil.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in Financial Times, 06/04

The post-Trump era in U.S.-China relations has begun.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in Politico, 01/14

China enters 2021 in good shape but faces headwinds.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted on Deutsche Welle News, 12/31

Hong Kong protesters captured at sea are sentenced to prison in China.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Washington Post, 12/30

Hong Kong democracy fighters face a dire choice: Go abroad or go to jail.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Washington Post, 12/09