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Dr. Fong is comparative political scientist based in Hong Kong. He is currently Associate Professor and Associate Director of The Academy of Hong Kong Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong. Previously, he was Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences of the City University of Hong Kong (2007 to 2013) and Executive Officer of the HKSAR Government (2001 to 2007).

Dr. Fong’s research agenda includes great power politics, democratization, identity politics, political economy,and public governance. Dr. Fong has produced more than 70 publications including a dozen of articles in top SSCI journals such asDemocratization, Nations and Nationalism,Communist and Post-Communist Studies, International Public Management Journal,International Review of Administrative Sciences, Comparative Education Review, Asian Survey, China Quarterly, and Modern China. He has passionately promoted Hong Kong Studies, China Studies and Comparative Political Studies, serving as the founding editor of Hong Kong Studies Reader Series, associate editor of Social Transformation in Chinese Societies, and lead editor of several comparative politics books including China’s Influence and the Centre-periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific and Routledge Handbook of Comparative Territorial Autonomies. Over the years, Dr. Fong successfully got numerous competitive project grants totaling USD 750,000, including the award of 2019 “Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship” by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong for his project titled “Comparative Territorial Autonomies: Exploring A New Comparative Politics Dataset”.

Dr. Fong is a public intellectual. He is an active commentator for various international media and a regular columnist in The Diplomat. He is also active in community services, founding and leading several civil society organizations.




Research interests

  • Great Power Politics
  • Democratization
  • Identity Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Governance

Teaching Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Global Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • China Studies

External Appointments

  • Part-time Member, Central Policy Unit of HKSAR Government (From January 2011 to December 2012).
  • Member, The Secretary for Transport and Housing’s Youth Focus Group (From October 2013 to June 2017).
  • Member, Subsidised Housing Committee of Housing Authority (From April 2014 to April 2018).

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