Postdoctoral RESEARCH Fellow
Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University
Welcome! My name is Jack Zhang. I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of California San Diego in 2018. My research explores the political economy of trade and conflict in East Asia.
My dissertation seeks to explain why China seems to be engaging in more militarized disputes with its neighbors and trade partners despite deepening economic integration. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork and original data on Chinese foreign policy behavior, I show that economic interdependence fails to constrain conflicts short of war and may even incentivize calibrated uses of military force, against which revoking trade would not be a credible response.
My research and teaching interests include international political economy, international security, Chinese politics, and U.S.-China relations. My research has been supported by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.