Ho-Fung Hung

Ho-Fung Hung

Formal First Name

Ho-Fung Hung is a political economist, sociologist and Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy at the Sociology Department and the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His scholarly interests include global political economy, protest, nation-state formation, social theory, and East Asian Development. He investigates the role of economic development in state formation and global power, with a specific focus on China and East Asia. Hung is the author of the award-winning book “The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World” and “Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty,” both published by Columbia University Press. Hung is currently working on the social and geopolitical forces behind the conjoined development of neoliberalism in the United States and China since the 1990s.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • His research publications have been translated into seven different languages, and are recognized by awards from five different sections of the American Sociological Association, Social Science History Association, and the World Society Foundation of Switzerland.

  • He studies the state and market conditions that catalyzed popular protest in the form of petitions, rallies, riots, and market strikes.



  • His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology,  the American Sociological Review, Development and Change, Review of International Political Economy, and Asian Survey, among others.

  • His analyses of the Chinese political economy and Hong Kong politics have been featured or cited in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and BBC News.

  • His articles have also appeared in Die Presse (Austria), The Guardian, Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), The Straits Times (Singapore),  Xinhua Monthly (China), People’s Daily (China), among other publications.

  • He has been quoted frequently about how China responded to the coronavirus COVID-19. 

  • He has also talked about how racism and xenophobia emerges against the cultures where pandemics begin.