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Dr. Man Zhang

Wiss. Mitarb. FGZ

Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
Nikolaistraße 10, Room 3.16
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37792


Dr. Man Zhang joined ReCentGlobe as a research fellow at the University of Leipzig in March 2021. Previously, she worked as a research member of The Maoist Legacy Project in Freiburg, where she also pursued her PhD. In 2014, she received her master’s degree in history at Nanjing University.

At the ReCentGlobe, building on her previous research, she concentrates on the study of populism and Maoism in contemporary China.

Professional career

  • since 03/2021
    Research fellow at the Research Institute Social Cohesion, Leipzig
  • 03/2019 - 05/2021
    PhD; Research fellow (assistant) at the Institute of Sinology at the University of Freiburg
  • 08/2014 - 02/2019
    PhD; Research member of The Maoist Legacy Project at the University of Freiburg


  • 09/2011 - 06/2014
    M.A., Nanjing University, Chinese Modern History
  • 09/2006 - 06/2010
    B.A., the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, in Journalism and Publishing Science

Man Zhang's research interests lie in the political and legal history of China. Her doctoral study explores how the Chinese Communist Party dealt with its violant political past following the death of Mao Zedong. She primarily focuses on the problems of perpetrators and how these officially designated perpetrators remember their past in today's China. Her most recent research investigates the nexus of sexual violence, the related laws, and politics in the People’s Republic of China. As a research member of the LEI_13 project, she focuses on populism and Maoism in contemporary China.

  • The Chinese Dream as an Alternative for Germany? Social Alternatives on the Global Market of Ideas
    Kaske, Elisabeth
    Duration: 06/2020 - 05/2024
    Funded by: BMBF Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
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more projects

  • The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and Its Legacies in Post-Mao China
  • Political and legal history of the PRC
  • Modern Chinese History

  • Democracy and Its Practices in China (WS 2020-21)

    This course focuses on prospects for democracy and democratic practices in 20th and 21st century China. Taking a historical perspective, we trace the origins and debates of democracy and discuss significant democratic surges and crashes in China's modern history. By examining the thinking and practices of democracy, we aim to understand how people in China think about democracy and how it shapes China's politics.

  • The Politics of Reading in the People's Republic of China (SS 2019)

  • The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) (SS 2016)