Sheng Zhang

Sheng Zhang

AM Candidate in Regional Studies—Middle East
Graduate Associate, Association for Global Political Thought, Harvard University
Non-Resident Research Fellow, Liaoning University Research Base for the Network of China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Cooperation of Think-tanks
Sheng Zhang
Zhang Sheng is a second-year AM student in the Middle Eastern Studies program at Harvard University. His areas of research interest include but are not limited to Middle Eastern political history in the twentieth century, China–Middle East relations and historical interactions, the Belt and Road Initiative and its impact on China-Middle East Relations, and historical interactions between China and the Islamic World in Chinese ethnic minorities history. In particular, he is mostly interested in how the Third World non-aligned movement and the international Socialist movement, especially global Maoism, shaped the Middle East in the twentieth century, and in the construction of pan-Asianism and Afro-Asian identity in the post-colonial wave. He received his BA from the Johns Hopkins University and his thesis "The Promised Land in China? The Largely Unknown Story of Efforts to Establish a Jewish Homeland in Yunnan Province during the Holocaust" won the John Koren Research Award for Holocaust Research and Education and Robert Tucker Prize for Best Thesis in International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Recently, he is conducting a research about the origin, development, and fall of pan-Islamism and pan-Turkism in twentieth century Xinjiang area of China.

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