Yuan Zhang
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Dr. Yuan ZHANG is an Associate Professor at the Middle Eastern Studies Institute (MESI) of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Prior to employment in MESI, she was an Associate Professor at the Political Science Institute, East China University of Political Science and Law. Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. of International Politics from Fudan University. She is also an adjunct Research Fellow of the Center for Religion and China’s National Security at Fudan University. She specializes on Regional Conflicts, Religion and International Security, Extremism and Terrorism. She visited East Asia Program, Cornell University, from Aug. 2013 to Aug. 2014.


E-mail: zyirt@yahoo.com

Tel: 0086 21 35373301


Associate Professor


Regional Conflicts, Religion and International Security, Extremism and Terrorism


Ph.D., International Politics, Fudan University, 2010

M.A., International Politics, Fudan University, 2007

B. A., International Politics, Shandong University, 2004


Associate Professor, Middle East Studies Institute, Shanghai International Studies University, 2017.4-present

Visiting scholar at the East Asia Program at Cornell University, 2013.8-2014.8

Postdoctoral Fellow, East China University of Political Science and Law, focused on Religion and the Rule of Law, 2010-2013

Visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science at University of Oregon, 2012.12-2013.3

Visiting scholar at International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, 2013.3-2014.4

Associate Professor, Institute of Political Science, East China University of Political Science and Law, 2013.7-2017.4       

Assistant Professor, Institute of Political Science, East China University of Political Science and Law, 2010.1-2013.6      



Yuan ZHANG, Religious Functional Units and Regional Violent Conflicts (Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2014).

Yuan ZHANG, Religion and the Role of Law in the Anti-Terrorism Era (Beijing: Law Press-China, 2012).


“G20 and Multiple Anti-terror Cooperation: A Religious Perspective,” Religion and American Society, Vol. 14, 2017.

“Conceptualizing and Measuring Terrorism: An Analysis of Terrorism Research Data and Terrorism Index Construction,” Probe, No. 2, 2017.

“ISIS: Quasi-Sovereignty and Regional Security,” Journal of International Security Studies, Vol. 34, No. 6, 2016.

“Interpretation of Institutional Discourse Right under the Perspective of Culture,” Probe, No. 2, 2016.

“‘The Belt and Road’ Initiative and Anti-Extremist Cooperation between China and European Countries,” Studies in World Religions , No. 1, 2016.

“Governance Dilemma of Ethno-Religious Conflict in Post-Colonial Myanmar,” Southeast Asian Studies , No. 1, 2016.

“Culturalism in Comparative Politics,” Foreign Theoretical Trends , No. 2, 2016.

“In a modern society, no religious group can be above the law,” Global Times, March 13, 2016.

“Global Religious Resurgence and Faith-based International Crisis Management,” Beijing Cultural Review , No. 3, 2015.

“The Role of Religious Ethics in ASEAN’s Regional Governance,” Journal of World Peoples Studies , No. 1, 2015.

“Religious Violence between Buddhists and Muslims after Myanmar’s Independence,” Religion and American Society, Vol.10, 2014.

“Modern Research Tendency on Religion and Rule of Law”, Religion and American Society, Vol.8, 2013.

“ASEAN can tackle religious divides”, Global Times, April 18, 2013.

“Manila faces plight of religious separatism”, Global Times, October 13, 2013.

“External efforts can’t shift Russia’s attitude toward LGBT rights”, Global Times, March 13, 2014.

“External Religious Interventions and Regional Security,” Studies in World Religions , No. 1, 2013.

“Extremism Makes Tenuous New Move into Central Asia,” Global Times, December 11, 2012.

“Aesthetical Observation of Democratic International Relations,” Journal of Tianjin Administration Institute , No. 5, 2012.

“Religion in Thai-Cambodia Border Conflicts,” Southeast Asian Studies , No. 6, 2012.

“Religious in Kosovo Conflict,” World Economics and Politics , Vol.373, No. 9, 2011, pp. 20-35.

“Anti-Semitism in Russia,” Comparative Politics Studies , Vol. 2, 2011, pp. 112-120.

“Internationalized Chinese Civilian Collecting and China’s Society,” Zhejiang Academic Journal , Vol. 189, No. 4, 2011, pp. 173-185.

“An International Relational Theory Paradigm of Religious Conflicts in Former Yugoslavia,” Comparative Politics Studies , Vol. 1, 2010, pp.125-137.

“An Overview of the Western Scholars’ Study on Religions and Regional Conflicts,” Chinese Journal of European Studies , Vol. 27, No. 62009, pp. 130-146.

“Religious Factors in Regional Conflicts: A Post-September 11 Perspective,” International Review , No. 4, 2009, pp. 58-65.

“A Research Paradigm on Religion and China’s National Security,” Fudan Journal Social Sciences , No. 4, 2009, pp. 109-116. (With Xu Yihua).

“Regional Conflicts and Group-Binding Functional Behaviors of Religious Worship Places,” Religion and American Society, , pp. 281-351.

“Aesthetical Observation of Democratic International Relations within the Context of Globalization,” International Review , No. 4, 2006, pp. 147-158.

“Aesthetic Dimension of Constructivism in IRT,” Journal of Guizhou Normal University (Social Science) , Vol. 6, 2006, pp. 53-57.

“Kosovo Crisis and US Religious Strategy,” Science of Christianity,Vol.7, pp. 312-325.

“The Dimensions of Regional Religious Conflicts in Southeast Asia during the Turning of New Century”, Religion and American Society, Vol 4, pp. 369-389.


“International Religious Conflicts,” in Xu Yihua, ed., Religion and International Affairs (Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2012).


Graduate Courses

Religion and Political Science Studies

Modern Western Religious Studies

A History of Western Political Theory

Undergraduate Courses

Religion and Contemporary International Politics

Religious Congregations and Social Security


Native in Chinese, Fluent in English