Dr. Jin (Julie) Zeng is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University. Her primary research interests are Chinese investment in Latin America, agrarian studies in contemporary China, and political economy of development. She is the author of the book, State-Led Privatization in China—The Politics of Economic Reform (Routledge, 2013). In the book, she examines the initiation, implementation, and dynamics of privatization in China. Building on rich fieldwork data gathered in three Chinese cities, the book offers the first comparative study of China’s privatization processes at the local level. Dr. Zeng has also published articles in scholarly journals such as The Journal of Peasant Studies, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Chinese Political Science, and Asian Perspective.
Dr. Zeng is currently working on two research projects. 1) Chinese investment in Latin America, focusing on the internationalization strategies of Chinese multinationals operating in Latin America amid rising geopolitical tensions, and the social and economic impact of Chinese investment on recipient states. 2) a book project on rural land reform in contemporary China, focusing on rural land titling and land commercialization. Some of the major findings of her research on this project is presented in the article, “Acceptance or Resistance?—Explaining Local Reactions to Land Titling in Three Chinese Villages,” published in The Journal of Peasant Studies (2020).
Dr. Zeng teaches courses on international political economy (undergraduate and graduate levels), the international relations of East Asia, political economy of China, Chinese Investment in Latin America, and comparative studies of privatization.
Areas of Expertise
Political Economy of Development, Chinese Politics, Politics of Economic Reform
BA, Fuzhou University, Foreign Language, 1996
MA, University of Mississippi, Political Science, 2001
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Political Science, 2007